TSA Precheck Required Documents

Documents Needed for TSA Precheck

How many times have you found yourself in a long TSA line, only to see the people in the TSA Precheck line breezing through airport security? We have all been there! If you’re done sitting in the long security line and are ready to sign up for precheck status you’ll want to make sure you have all of your documentation ready prior to filling out your application. Officially known as TSA Pre✓®, it’s the option to go through a pre-screening process and be assigned a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that allows you faster security line options at TSA Precheck participating airports. To apply, you need specific TSA Precheck documents, similar to the documents you need to bring to the DMV, with a few minor differences.


First, you must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful U.S. permanent resident to apply for TSA Precheck. If you meet these requirements, you will be expected to have the following TSA Precheck documents with you at the time of your in-person interview.


  • A valid government issued photo ID such as a U.S. Passport, driver’s license, or state I.D. card
  • A valid government issued birth certificate


TSA Precheck required documents can also include a marriage certificate if your birth certificate has your maiden name on it and your driver’s license has your married name on it. If you are unsure if you will be required to show additional documentation, you can check here to learn more about required documents for TSA Precheck based on your name status and document type.


Once you have your documents ready, you can visit the TSA website to fill out your online application and set up an appointment at an application center near you. During your enrollment appointment you will be fingerprinted and will be expected to show your required documents, as well as answer personal and travel related interview questions. This entire process is completed in under an hour. Much like when you apply for a passport, you will be expected to pay by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. The TSA will not accept any other forms of payments, so make sure you have one of these payment types. Your Known Traveler Number (KTN) will arrive in the mail no more than 45 days after your appointment if you are approved. You can check your approval status here.


If you need any help obtaining a birth certificate or marriage certificate to show as proof of I.D. you can easily order them online from VitalChek.com. Once you have all of your TSA Precheck documents ready to go and receive your KTN, you can finally avoid the long TSA lines and enjoy the speedy TSA Precheck lanes!


  1. Can your birth certificate be a copy of the original??

    1. Hello Don. Each vital record agency may offer different types of birth certificates. If you are looking for something that is like a “photocopy” of the original, you may need to request an informational or heirloom copy of the certificate. Please note that such a copy will be good for genealogy purpose but not for legal purposes. We suggest you contact the agency that issued the certificate originally to see if they offer the type of certificate you are seeking.

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  3. Hello. I have one certified birth certificate and need it for passport application. Will TSA precheck retain the birth certificate or do they just need to see it?


    1. Hello Melissa. More than likely you will just have to show it to them but it wouldn’t hurt to verify that with them before your trip.

  4. What if my flight is in my new married name but my drivers license is in my old name?

    1. Hello Joni. You may want to have a copy of your marriage certificate handy to verify your old name vs. your new name until you can get your license updated to reflect your new name. It would be best to check with your airline as to what they will require.

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  11. My birth certificate has my middle name as my mother’s maiden name. But I have my actual middle name on my CA ID. Will this be acceptable? My passport has my actual middle name on it as well.

    1. Hello Krista. This inconsistency could create problems in the future. Please click here to visit the California Department of Public Health website for information about amending/correcting a vital record.

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