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.
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.