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TSA PreCheck® renewal: A how-to guide

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    TSA PreCheck is a program that helps expedite your passage through security at participating US airports. This can include skipping shoe and jacket removal as well as keeping your electronics and liquids packed in your carry-on through security. While membership of the program lasts for five years, renewal is typically a simple process. From the renewal process itself to some items to keep in mind along the way, read on for a better understanding of TSA PreCheck renewal. 

    When does my TSA PreCheck expire

    To see exactly when your TSA PreCheck membership expires, you can visit the TSA PreCheck website and log in with your Known Traveler Number (KTN) or other identifying information. Once logged in, you should see the expiration date for your membership within the dashboard.

    Timing can be key when it comes to your TSA PreCheck renewal. You may want to start the renewal process around six months before your current TSA PreCheck membership expires. This is to ensure that you have enough time to receive your renewed membership without a lapse. Keeping your TSA PreCheck membership active can help you continue to enjoy the benefits of expedited travel at the airport.

    Renewing TSA PreCheck, step by step

    Here's the step-by-step process for how to renew TSA PreCheck online:

    1. Open the TSA PreCheck website and select "Renew Your Membership".
    2. Enter your enrollment information and Known Traveler Number (KTN).
    3. Update your user information if necessary.
    4. Pay the $70 online or $78 in-person renewal fee (fees are subject to change). If you or an authorized user pay with your Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you may be entitled to receive a statement credit as reimbursement for the application fee if you have not already earned it within the last four years.

    Now it's time to wait while your application is processed. If your renewal is approved, you will receive an approval notification by email. Your renewed TSA PreCheck status remains valid for another five years.

    If you'd rather not renew your TSA PreCheck online, you can also renew your membership in person at a TSA enrollment center. For this option, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time and bring a current passport or suitable identification documents. The renewal fee is due at the time of your appointment. 

    Pros and cons of TSA PreCheck

    When it's time to renew your TSA PreCheck membership, you may want to consider other expedited entry options, such as Global Entry, which offers additional benefits you may find appealing. Here are some things to bear in mind:

    TSA PreCheck Pros:

    • Locations: More than 200 airports have TSA PreCheck entry lanes with more than 85 participating airlines nationwide.
    • Enrollment Centers: There are hundreds of TSA PreCheck enrollment centers located throughout the United States. 

    TSA PreCheck Cons:

    • International Travel: Other travel gateway options, such as Global Entry, offer expedited entry into the U.S. after international trips, in addition to TSA PreCheck benefits for domestic flights. But TSA PreCheck only applies to domestic flights within the United States.

    In summary

    When you realize it's time for your TSA PreCheck renewal, you may want to start the renewal process sooner rather than later. To give yourself some leeway, consider marking your calendar for about six months before the five-year anniversary of your TSA PreCheck membership. Then either renew online or head to a TSA enrollment center. 

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