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A TSA PreCheck membership only lasts for five years and if yours is already expired, it’s time to renew it so you can continue having expedited security checks whenever you travel.
As a matter of fact, you can have your TSA PreCheck Renewal six months before your membership’s expiration date. Don’t worry because your new expiration date will still be the original date you applied for when you first got your TSA PreCheck membership.
Let’s say you’ve applied for membership back in December 2017, you can renew your membership on July 2022 and have a new expiration date of December 2027.
How To Renew Your TSA PreCheck Membership
Renewing is quick and easy. Just go to the TSA PreCheck renewal page, fill out the required details, and click the “Next” button to proceed to the next page where you’ll be required to provide additional information.
Just complete filling up the required information and pay the $85 TSA Precheck renewal fee. The whole process takes about 15 minutes to finish but the approval for the renewal of your membership may take a few days or a few weeks.
In some cases, some members may be required by TSA to schedule an in-person interview, which can delay the renewal process. This is why we recommend renewing your membership a few months before it expires so have enough time to deal with unforeseen circumstances.
What To Do If You Have A Global Entry Membership
You will automatically receive a TSA PreCheck membership when you sign up for a Global Entry membership. This means that if you renew your Global Entry membership, you’ll automatically renew all your TSA PreCheck benefits too.
Can I renew only my TSA PreCheck membership benefits and have my Global Entry membership expire? No, you can’t.
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are still separate programs so you have to apply for a new TSA PreCheck membership to be assigned a new KTN number. Don’t worry because the TSA PreCheck interview questions are very similar to Global Entry interview questions.
However, it’s best that you keep your Global Entry membership because it’s only $15 more expensive than TSA PreCheck. Having Global Entry allows you to have expedited security checks if you’re flying into the U.S. from a foreign country.
Applying For A TSA PreCheck Membership For The First Time
If you’re a first-time applicant, it’s important to know that only the following individuals are allowed to have a TSA PreCheck membership:
- U.S. citizens
- U.S. nationals
- Lawful Permanent Residents.
If you meet the following criteria, just visit the TSA PreCheck enrollment page and fill out the required information. Take note that some credit cards come with a complimentary statement credit for a TSA PreCheck and Global Entry membership so you might want to sign up for them.
Here are some credits cards that you can apply for with some details about its welcome bonuses:
- Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card – Earn a 75,000 miles welcome bonus after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card – Earn a 75,000-mile welcome bonus after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Card – Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $750 when redeemed at Chase Ultimate Rewards) after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card American Express Card – Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of card membership
- American Express Platinum Card – Get a welcome bonus of 100,000 Membership Rewards Points after spending $6,000 within the first 6 months of card membership
- IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card – Earn a welcome bonus of 140,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of card membership
TSA Precheck renewal is a quick and easy process. Just allot 15 minutes to complete the renewal form and up to a few weeks to get approved, then you can start cruising through security lanes again when you travel.
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