As the number of air travelers continues to grow — and security lines get longer — many people are thinking about enrolling in Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program.
If you’ve thought about enrolling in TSA PreCheck but haven’t due to the inconvenience of scheduling an enrollment appointment at the airport, there’s good news: You can now schedule that appointment at many Staples locations while you’re there picking up office or school supplies. While appointments are preferred, walk-ins are also welcomed.
TSA Precheck, Explained
TSA PreCheck, one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Programs, allows pre-screened low-risk travelers to use their designated lines rather than the other TSA security lines, the agency explains. That line moves quicker because PreCheck passengers don’t need to remove their shoes, belts, or light jackets, or remove their liquids bag or electronics from their carry-on luggage.
Last December, 91 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes, according to the TSA. Travelers can use TSA PreCheck lanes at more than 200 U.S. airports when flying on 85 domestic and foreign airlines.
Here’s what you need to know about having your TSA PreCheck in-person appointment at Staples.
How To Apply For TSA PreCheck
The first step is to search for a Staples location near you that offers TSA PreCheck services. You can search for those locations on the Staples website.
Once you verify that there is a participating Staples near you, the next step is to begin the enrollment process on the TSA PreCheck website. You’ll need to complete the application by supplying identifying information, including your date of birth, current address, and biometric information such as height, weight, and eye color.
Once you’re conditionally approved for TSA PreCheck, you’ll then need to schedule an in-person appointment at an enrollment center. When reserving your appointment, be sure to select the option to interview at an enrollment center “located inside Staples.” Remember to confirm you are scheduling your appointment at the Staples you have in mind.
When you do go to your interview, be prepared to be fingerprinted, complete a background check, and have your picture taken. You’ll also need to provide two forms of I.D., such as a state-issued driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate. You can learn more about the accepted documents and forms of I.D. on the TSA’s Required Documents webpage.
The whole process can be completed in a few minutes.
How To Save Money
It costs $78 to apply for TSA PreCheck, which is good for 5 years. After that, it costs $70 to renew online or $78 to renew in person; both types of renewals are also good for 5 years.
Some credit cards and loyalty programs cover the TSA PreCheck application fee as a member benefit. Others may even offer a credit that can be applied toward the application fee or allow members to use rewards points to pay for the TSA PreCheck application fee. You can learn about those cards on TSA’s Credit Cards and Loyalty Programs webpage.
For more about TSA PreCheck and other Trusted Traveler Programs, be sure to also read:
And for more about changes to airport security and boarding processes, read: