TSA Lowers the Fee for PreCheck Online Renewals
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a change on pricing for the popular PreCheck program. You next renewal could be cheaper, but only if you do it online. The agency said it is lowering the online renewal fee for TSA PreCheck from $85 to $70. The new lower fee went into effect on Friday, October 1.
“TSA PreCheck was launched 8 years ago to provide expedited airport security screening for low-risk travelers,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in the announcement. “Our TSA PreCheck program improves overall security and we will continue to look for ways to enhance the benefits of this program for our trusted travelers.”
This fee change represents a $15 reduction in the cost of renewing online, while still allowing TSA to cover the costs of operating the program, which includes performing a security threat assessment and adjudicating applications. “Over 95% of renewals occur online,” the TSA says. This is a quick and easy way for travelers to maintain membership in the program. The cost for an initial enrollment and in-person renewal will continue to be $85. As you might already know, this fee is usually covered by several premium credit cards.
TSA PreCheck allows low-risk travelers to enjoy a streamlined screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports and with 80 participating airlines. For TSA PreCheck travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. This past month, 96% of passengers in TSA PreCheck lanes waited less than five minutes to go through airport security checkpoints.
For more information, read about TSA PreCheck and other trusted traveler programs. CLEAR is another option for breezing through airport lines.
Keep in mind that you do not need to apply for TSA PreCheck® if you already have Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRY, or hold an active TWIC or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an HME, and you meet the TSA PreCheck eligibility requirements. You can go here for application and renewals.