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On Tuesday the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) opens its expedited airport security screening program, known as Precheck, to DOD civilians.

The program is available at more than 100 domestic airports and allows participants to keep on their shoes, belt, light jacket and leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on bags when going through airport security. The program is already available to service members, including guard and Reserve.

To take advantage of this program, DOD civilians must first opt-in through the MilConnect website and enter their DOD ID number as the “Known Traveler Number” when making reservations.

To participate

1) Locate your DOD ID number, the 10-digit number found on the back of your Common Access Card.

If you do not have a DOD ID number listed on your CAC, you can locate it by logging in to MilConnect at, and clicking on the “My Profile” tab.

2) Opt-in to the program.

In to the MilConnect website, click on the “My Profile” tab and then click on the “CIV” tab. In the Personnel Status information box, click on the “TSA PreCheck Program” checkbox and scroll to the bottom of the page and click “submit”.

3) Save your DOD ID number in the “Known Traveler Number” field of your DTS profile.

To ensure your future airline reservations automatically include your DOD ID number, save it in your profile. For instructions, see Using DTS: How to Enter your DOD ID Number and Update Your DTS Profile online at www.

At the airport

Go through the security lanes marked “TSA Precheck.” Visit the TSA website for a list of participating airports.
  Making reservations

Your official travel DOD ID number prepopulates only if it is saved as part of

your Defense Travel System profile, or you can enter it in the “Known Traveler Number” field when you are prompted to verify your Secure Flight Information.

If using a commercial travel office, provide your DOD ID number as the “Known Traveler Number” when asked to verify your Secure Flight Information.

Leisure travel

Enter your DOD ID number in the “Known Traveler Number” field.

Bringing the kids?

 Family members ages 12 and younger can also process through expedited precheck screening with a participating adult.

 Family members ages 13 and older must go through regular security lines or may apply for TSA Trusted Traveler program for a fee.