Make Summer Air Travel Easier with TSA PreCheck
TSA PreCheck is a voluntary, expedited security screening process offered at 100 domestic airports that allows participants to keep on their shoes, belt, and light jacket, and leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on bags. The program is open at no cost to Service members (including Reservists, National Guardsmen, and members of the Coast Guard) and DoD civilians.
In order to use dedicated TSA PreCheck security lanes, participants must enter their DoD ID number as the “Known Traveler Number” when making official travel or leisure airline reservations.
Action Required for Participation
- Locate your DoD ID number (10-digit number found on the back of your Common Access Card). If you do not have a DoD ID number listed on your CAC, you can locate it by logging in to MilConnect (www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect) and clicking on the “My Profile” tab.
- Opt-In to the program (applies to DoD civilians only). Civilians need to log in to the MilConnect website (www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect), click on the “My Profile” tab and then click on the “CIV” tab. In the Personnel Status information box, click on the “TSA PreCheck Program” checkbox and scroll to the bottom of the page and click “submit”. Service members already are eligible and do not need to opt in to the program.
- Save your DoD ID Number in the “Known Traveler Number” field of your DTS profile. To ensure your future airline reservations automatically include your DoD ID number, save it in your profile. For instructions, see Using DTS: How to Enter your DoD ID Number and Update Your DTS Profile
- Ensure your DoD ID Number is included when making reservations.
For official travel: If you saved your DoD ID number as part of your profile, it will automatically pre-populate. You may also participate by entering your DoD ID number in the “Known Traveler Number” field when prompted to verify your Secure Flight Information (name, DOB, gender) each time you make a reservation.If making a reservation through a Commercial Travel Office, provide your DoD ID number as the “Known Traveler Number” when asked to verify your Secure Flight Information.
For leisure travel: Enter your DoD ID number in the “Known Traveler Number” field when making reservations.
- At the airport, look for dedicated TSA PreCheck security lanes. The program is available at over 115 domestic airports. Click here for a complete list of participating airports.
Eligible Service members do not need to be on official travel or in uniform to take advantage of TSA PreCheck.
Family members ages 12 and under traveling with an eligible Service member or DoD civilian can process through expedited screening as well. However, family members 13 and older must go through regular security lines or may apply for TSA Trusted Traveler program (for a fee).
Boarding passes must have TSA PreCheck eligibility information embedded in the barcode when scanned on the boarding pass scanner system in order to use the TSA PreCheck security lanes. Your DoD ID number does not display on the boarding pass. Please be aware that not all airlines print a TSA PreCheck approved indicator on the boarding pass. However, if travelers used their DoD ID number as the “Known Traveler Number,” they may proceed to a dedicated PreCheck security lane to check eligibility.