The Transportation Security Administration opened a new office at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday where travelers can apply for TSA’s “Pre-Check” expedited screening program.
Pre-Check is popular with frequent flyers and other travelers who want a quicker trip through the airport security checkpoint.
If the TSA agent sends you through the Pre-Check lane, you don’t have to take your shoes off – or your belt or your coat. Pre-Check travelers can keep their laptops, and a zip-lock bag with small bottles of gels and liquids, inside their carry-on bags.
The Pre-Check enrollment office is located in RDU Terminal 2 opposite Baggage Carousel 5. Raleigh-area residents also can enroll in Pre-Check at a North Raleigh office TSA opened in 2014 at IdentoGO, 10911 Raven Ridge Road.
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U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents can start the application online and then visit the TSA office to finish enrolling and pay the $85 fee for a five-year membership.
Participating airlines sometimes route travelers to the Pre-Check fast lane – with a stamp on their boarding passes – even if they aren’t enrolled in the program. More than 1.8 million travelers have enrolled in Pre-Check since the program began two years ago.
After starting the enrollment process online at tsa.gov, applicants visit a Pre-Check office to provide a government-issued ID showing current address, be fingerprinted, and provide a U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate or valid immigration documentation.
Applicants pay an $85 fee for five-year membership. If approved for Pre-Check, the applicant receives a Known Traveler Number.