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October 8, 2015

TSA Pre✓® - Enroll for a Smarter Security Experience and Avoid the Lines

In 2011, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began implementing a series of risk-based security initiatives that moved away from the one-size-fits-all approach to passenger screening.  The vision of risk-based security is to increase aviation security by focusing on high-risk and unknown passengers while providing an expedited experience for known or “Trusted Travelers.”

A key element of this strategy is TSA Pre✓®, a program that expedites screening for low risk passengers departing from more than 150 U.S. airports with no need to remove their shoes, belts or light outerwear/jacket. Passengers in TSA Pre✓® are also not required to remove their laptops or liquids from their carry-on bags.

Individuals who enroll in TSA Pre✓® choose to provide information that allows TSA to review their background and categorize them as low-risk passengers. This enables the agency to allocate resources that focus on passengers about which less is known. Thus, they contribute to strengthening aviation security, while passengers experience a smarter, improved, efficient and predictable airport experience.

TSA is making refinements to the program in 2015 and beyond to ensure that those who have enrolled and received a Known Traveler Number (KTN) will continue to experience expedited screening on a consistent basis.  For those passengers who have been selected for TSA Pre✓® without having actually enrolled in a trusted traveler program - TSA Pre✓® application program, Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI - will begin to notice a reduction in the frequency of this benefit this calendar year.

Consequently, TSA is encouraging enrollment in one of the four trusted traveler programs offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These programs have benefits that are based on the passenger’s individual travel needs, and all include TSA Pre✓® eligibility. Applying for one of these programs will result in travelers receiving TSA Pre✓® on a more consistent basis.  For a comparison of these programs, see the attached grid or visit www.DHS.gov/tt.

Transportation Security Administration    Customs and Border Protection
                 
Program   TSA Pre✓™   Global Entry   NEXUS   SENTRI
                 
Eligibility Required   U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents.   U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain other countries.   U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens and lawful permanent residents of Canada.   Proof of citizenship and admissibility documentation.
                 
Application Fee   $85.00 (5 year membership)   $100.00 (5 year membership)   $50.00 (5 year membership)   $122.25 (5 year membership)
                 
Passport Required   No   Yes; or lawful permanent resident card   No   No
                 
Application Process   Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center; provide fingerprints and verify ID.   Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID.   Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID.   Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID.
                 
Program Experience   TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening at participating airports.   Expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the U.S. Includes the TSA Pre✓™ experience.   Expedited processing at airports and land borders when entering the U.S. and Canada.
Includes Global Entry benefits.
Includes the TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
  Expedited processing through CBP at land borders.
Includes Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents.
                 
Ready to apply?   Apply for TSA Pre✓™ Here   Apply for Global Entry Here   Apply for NEXUS Here   Apply for SENTRI Here


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