TSA Pre✓™ Chicago Fingerprinting Enrollment Center

TSA Pre✓™ allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints.

What does TSA Pre✓™ mean for travelers?

    TSA Pre✓™ Experience:

  • Quicker transit through airport security screening
  • Faster moving lines
  • Improved travel experience
  • No Removal of:

  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag and laptop from carry-on
  • How does TSA Pre✓™ work?

    TSA Pre✓™ includes certain frequent flyers of participating airlines, members of the TSA Pre✓™ application program or participants of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI).

    TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed TSA Pre✓™ screening.

    Travelers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ should follow these steps at the airport to experience TSA Pre✓™:

  • If you have a TSA Pre✓™ indicator on your boarding pass, proceed to the TSA Pre✓™ lane;
  • Present your boarding pass and Government-issued ID to the Travel Document Checker;
  • Have the TSA Travel Document Checker scan your boarding pass barcode;
  • Remember that your children age 12 and under may go with you; and
  • Keep on your shoes and belt, your laptop in its case, and your 3-1-1 compliant bag in your carry-on.
  • The TSA Pre✓™ application program is one of four DHS Trusted Traveler programs. TSA Pre✓™ allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.

    How it works

  • An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.
  • Interested applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information that includes name, date of birth and address. An applicant will be fingerprinted and will be required to provide valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. An applicant also has the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an application center.

    There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85.

  • After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. An applicant also may check status online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ and clicking on “Service Status.” The Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.
  • Once approved as eligible for TSA Pre✓™, the enrollee must enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations on any of the ten participating airlines. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.
  • Please make sure the name used when applying for the TSA Pre✓™ application program matches the name used when booking travel.

    TSA Pre✓™ eligibility will be identified with a TSA Pre✓™ indicator on the boarding pass.

    TSA is accepting applications at more than 300 locations nationwide, including 26 airports.