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After Applying for TSA PreCheck

PreCheck members receive a known traveler number (KTN) after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declares them eligible to participate in this trusted traveler program. While the enrollment process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, travelers cannot use their PreCheck benefits until they obtain an active KTN. However, applicants may check their TSA PreCheck status online through the administration's website after they enroll in the program. When checking their status, they must enter their information exactly as they did when they completed the initial TSA PreCheck application process.

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TSA PreCheck approval times range between several days and up to four weeks, depending on the situation. In most cases, the TSA notifies travelers of their status within two to three weeks of the initial application date, but some applicants hear back from the administration within several days of completing their in-person interview.

If the TSA approves an application for PreCheck membership, travelers typically receive their KTN by mail or email. However, applicants may check their status online at any time.

Moreover, known traveler number applications take longer to approve or deny if applicants cannot provide fingerprints during their interview that comply with the requirements under the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In this case, applications may take up to four weeks longer to process than they normally would.

While how long to get TSA PreCheck, benefits varies depending on several factors, applicants may check their eligibility status through the TSA's website. To do so, applicants must submit an online Service Status request by providing their name and contact information or their Universal Enrollment Services ID (UE ID) and date of birth.

For instance, applicants must provide their full legal name, date of birth, and preferred contact method, or they may provide their UE ID and date of birth. However, applicants must enter the same information they provided during the initial enrollment process.

Learn more about checking your TSA status in our comprehensive guide.

Once travelers obtain a KTN number, they must provide this information when booking any future flights. Additionally, they may add this number to their airline's frequent flyer profile if they wish.

If travelers do not provide their KTN when reserving flights, however, their eligibility for PreCheck will not be printed on their future boarding passes, and they will not be able to access the expedited TSA security lanes.

Moreover, passengers may add a TSA traveler number to an upcoming reservation that was made before enrolling in the PreCheck program. To do so, they must contact their airline directly, either online or by telephone.

When contacting the airline, however, passengers must remember to provide the same information they used during the PreCheck enrollment process, including their full name, KTN and date of birth.

Travelers may find TSA PreCheck number information if they are current program members but cannot remember their existing KTN. To do so, members must submit an online TSA Service Status request, just as they would if they were checking their eligibility status after applying.

However, if travelers belong to another trusted traveler program such as SENTRI, Global Entry or NEXUS, they may obtain their Pass ID (also known as their KTN) by logging into the Trusted Traveler Programs website.

If passengers apply for a TSA traveler number but the administration finds information that may disqualify them from participating in the program, they will receive a preliminary determination of ineligibility letter. This letter will include information on how applicants may proceed or re-apply in the future.

In most cases, however, travelers cannot enroll in the PreCheck program if they commit a criminal offense that involves the following:

  • Murder
  • Treason
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Other types of suspicious information.

Other criminal offenses may temporarily disqualify applicants from obtaining a TSA traveler number and enrolling in the PreCheck program. These interim disqualifying offenses include:

  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Bribery
  • Immigration violations
  • Extortion
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm

Moreover, the TSA will typically deny applications if travelers enroll in the PreCheck program within seven years of committing an interim disqualifying violation or within five years from the date in which they were released from prison for committing the crime.

Furthermore, travelers cannot obtain a KTN number if they commit a felony and are wanted under warrant or indictment. Once the indictment is dismissed or the warrant is released, however, they may be able to re-apply for the PreCheck program. Learn more about what to do if your application is denied in our in-depth guide.

The TSA may suspend a known traveler number for a variety of reasons. However, the suspension period varies depending on the severity of the violation.

f travelers do not have a repeated history of violating TSA regulations, their suspension period will be shorter than it would be if they were habitual offenders. For instance, the TSA may suspend or disqualify members from expedited security screening if they commit any of the following offenses while participating in the trusted traveler program:

  • Making bomb threats.
  • Bringing firearms or explosive devices onto an aircraft.
  • Violating access control or security operations.
  • Providing the TSA with fraudulent documents or incomplete application information.

If PreCheck members receive a notice of violation from the TSA, they must contact their case agent to obtain additional information. To increase chances of getting re-approved for the program, travelers should follow TSA rules, regulations and security measures always.