Aircraft operators requesting DCA access

To conduct flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), all general aviation aircraft operators are required to follow security measures set forth in the DCA Access Standard Security Program. - TSA

Eligibility requirements for enrollment into DASSP are listed below:

  • Part 91 Corporate Flight Departments
  • Part 135 Charter Operators
  • Operators with a Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP)
  • Operators with a Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP)

DASSP Information

To download this checklist, click here.

To apply for the DASSP program as an aircraft operator and/or Fixed Base Operator (FBO), please contact the DASSP Program Office by email at

Registering your company is step #4 in the DASSP Checklist. 

If NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) has not received TSA notification verifiying your company's involvement in the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) you cannot order fingerprints. Fingerprints can be ordered once TSA has confirmed with NATACS.

Once your company has been confirmed through TSA you will need to complete the following:

1. Register your company with NATACS, if it has not been done so already, by visiting From the top menu bar go to Support, and click on the Account Setup tab to begin.

2. Enroll individuals that must comply with the DASSP fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) requirements.

3. Request Airman File Check by completing the authorization form and submitting it to NATACS. The Airman File Check is seperate from the CHRC and can be ordered at anytime. 

4. Name-based security threat assessment shall be completed as part of the DASSP application process.

Forms you may need:

NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) can help you comply with the DCA Access Standard Security Program. The following link is a TSA guide on how to complete the fingerprinting process for the CHRC with NATACS.

  • TSA inspection of crew and passengers.
  • TSA inspection of property (accessible and checked) and aircraft.
  • The start and end dates of flight must be indicated on the TSA flight authorization.
  • Identification checks of passengers by TSA.
  • Submission of passenger and crew manifests 24 hours in advance of flight.
  • Enhanced background checks for all passengers and fingerprint based criminal history records check (CHRC) for flight crew.
  • Armed Security Officer (ASO) on board each flight.
  • All operations are subject to cancellation at any time.
  • All unscheduled operations to/from DCA require an FAA Slot Reservation.

Click here to read the regulations that describe the DASSP rules.

TSA provides contact information specific to the various DASSP requirements:

  • Questions specific to the Armed Security Officer (ASO) should be directed to the ASO program office by calling +1.571.227.5355.
  • Questions specific to the program requirements for aircraft operators or Fixed-Base Operators should be directed the DASSP program office by calling +1.571.227.1108.
  • Questions specific to TSA Flight Authorizations by currently approved DASSP aircraft operators should be directed to the Airspace Waivers Branch by calling +1.571.227.2071.

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