PORTLAND, Ore. -- If you’re considering getting the Transportation Security Administration’s Trusted Traveler status, the TSA says now would be a good time to apply, before the spring break travel season.

Experts predict it will be the busiest spring break in 8 years for air travel, and qualifying to use the TSA PreCheck line will save you time and hassle.

The cost to apply for PreCheck is $85 and you must pass a criminal background check. The PreCheck status lasts for 5 years and allows you to use a special lane at TSA screening checkpoints at airports across the country.

“You don’t have to take your shoes off, don’t have to take your laptop out of your bag or take your coat off, you’ll get through screening much faster,” said TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez.

Melendez said if you hurry, you should be able to get approved for the PreCheck line by spring break.

The application process starts online at the TSA website. There, you can schedule an appointment to complete the application and pay the fee at one of three locations in the Portland area.

TSA PreCheck Locations


Address: 10643 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Suite C, Portland
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

H&R Block

Address: 2700 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

IndentoGO at Crestwood Business Center

Address: 11818 Southeast Mill Plane Boulevard, Suite 408, Vancouver, Washington
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.