How to Apply for TSA Precheck in Under 20 Minutes
Have you ever been standing in the airport non TSA Precheck security line nervously checking your watch and your boarding pass, constantly peering around the shoulder in front of you wondering what is taking so long? Ever notice the perfectly empty lane right next to you with travelers breezing through security WITH THEIR SHOES ON?
Want to avoid the airport stress and save yourself loads of time and frustration? It’s a lot easier than you think and takes less time than your next security line delay.
If you’ve got about 20 minutes and $85 this is how to get TSA Precheck:
Step 1 – Go to the pre-enroll website and fill out your information. It’s just the same basic information that you fill out for pretty much everything and it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Name, Address, Phone, Email, DOB, Hair/Eye Color, Height/Weight, Country, Citizenship Etc. This would be a good time to mention you need to be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident to apply for TSA Precheck. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it saves a lot of time.
Step 2 – Schedule your interview. You’ll have to go to an in person interview with a TSA agent to get TSA Precheck. Don’t worry, there are more than 330 application centers around the United States so there is bound to be one close to you. 31 of them are even in airports so you could stop in on your next trip if there isn’t an office near you. Schedule a date and time that works for you.
Step 3 – Go to your interview. Make sure you bring your required documents. If you pre-enrolled in step one, the interview shouldn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes to verify the your information that you entered online and check your identification documents.
Getting your KTN – About a week after your interview, you will get your Known Traveler Number (KTN) in the mail. You can also check the status of your application online if you are looking to get it a little sooner.
Next Steps – Be sure to log into your airline accounts and update your profile with your KTN (there will be a place for it). If you have travel already booked, you may need to call the airline and have them add your KTN manually to your existing reservation. This is mandatory if you want to have TSA Precheck on your boarding pass. If you do not add your KTN to your airline accounts, you will not get TSA Precheck.
As mentioned TSA Precheck does have a cost associated with it. It is $85 for FIVE YEARS. That’s $1.41 a month friends. For just over 3 cents a day, you too can save your blood pressure and hair loss.
If you’re planning to head in and out of the USA, consider getting Global Entry. The process is a little more rigorous, but it includes TSA Precheck. Global Entry post coming soon!