Under the Flight Training Interim Final Rule, persons seeking flight training must undergo a security threat assessment if they are not citizens or nationals of the United States, and if:
Once a flight student has received their TSA letter, authorizing them to complete this requirement, our global network of Certified Fingerprint Technicians is ready to assist.
Flight training providers are required to verify an individual's citizenship or nationality by checking official documents presented. Students who are U.S. citizens or nationals need to present these documents when they appear for flight training. Flight training providers must retain these records in accordance with the Privacy Act and other statures (see the Legal Notices tab on https://fts.tsa.dhs.gov/home.)
Providers also must enter flight training requests for candidates who qualify for recurrent training to maintain type ratings.
For all training events, providers must upload a photo of candidates when they appear for training, indicate whether a candidate's training has been completed or not completed, and maintain records as required.
We can help you easily comply by collecting and processing fingerprints as required by the Flight Training Security Program (FTSP).
Candidates seeking flight training fall into one of four categories. A brief explanation of the categories follows:
Candidates who seek flight training in the operation of aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight greater than 12,500 pounds but do not fall into Category 2.
Candidates who seek flight training in the operation of aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight greater than 12,500 pounds, and who:
Candidates who seek flight training in the operation of aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less for the following training events: an initial airman's certificate, Instrument Rating, and Multi Engine land (MEL). Each of these training events requires a separate training request.
Further details on flight training candidate categories are available in the Flight Training for Aliens and Other Designated Individuals; Interim Final Rule (Docket ID - 19147), which can be viewed at IFR_Alien_Pilot.pdf.
A candidate is required to submit his or her fingerprints to TSA as part of the identification process. The candidate’s fingerprints must be collected by either:
In order for TSA to match the candidate’s information with his or her fingerprints, the candidate must complete the online TSA form and submit it to TSA electronically prior to the submission of fingerprints.
The candidate must show his or her passport (if a non-resident alien), or resident alien card or U.S. driver’s license (if a resident alien), in order to confirm his or her identity to the entity collecting the fingerprints.
if you should have questions throughout the application process please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link or you can contact the FTSP Help Desk.