Why You Should Double Check Your TSA Precheck and Global Entry Status Right Now
You might be in for a rude surprise the next time you try to pass through airport security with your PreCheck or Global Entry membership.
It has been five years since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began issuing PreCheck and Global Entry status. Those who were early adopters of the program will likely have to renew their status, as it only lasts five years.
The TSA began selling PreCheck membership in December 2013. Within the first six months more than 420,000 travelers signed up. Within a year, that number shot to 750,000 people, according to USA Today.
The agency estimates that about 45,000 people will see their membership expire between December and February 2019.
The price to re-enroll for another five years is $85 for PreCheck and $100 for Global Entry.
Global Entry began enrollment in 2008, so those who signed up early for that service will have their second round of renewals coming up soon.
However, for those who are dreading the song and dance of going back for an interview to renew their status: don’t worry. It’s possible to renew your membership online, all you have to do is pay the fee to keep your status active for another five years.
TSA said it alerts travelers via email or phone three months before their membership to a trusted traveler program expires. But it’s possible you missed that alert or it went into your spam folder. If you think your membership is about to expire — or if you just want to check when it does — log onto the TSA website for renewals or call a TSA support line at 855-347-8371 on weekdays between 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET.