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New Badges

Step 1: Apply

Use the Airport Identity Management System

The Authorized Signatory may begin the badging process using the Airport Identity Management System (AIDMS). For step by step instructions on how to pre-enroll an applicant, please see the PDF iconAuthorized Signatory AIDMS Web Portal SOP Pre-Enrollment Process. 

Effective November 22, 2017, Airport Security Bulletin (ASB) # 17-19 enhances the current policy of the sponsoring employer having sole responsibility for returning an Airport ID Badge upon a change in the employee's employment status by also making the employee accountable for returning his or her Airport ID Badge.

An employee’s failure to return an Airport ID Badge to the employer/sponsor or the Airport within three (3) business days after the termination/separation date will result in the employee being deemed ineligible from being issued another Airport ID Badge or being escorted at the Airport for a period of two (2) years from the termination/separation date. The employee may become eligible to be issued another Airport ID Badge prior to the two (2) year period if the employee returns the badge to the Airport before the expiration date printed on the badge.

When an employee picks up their badge from the Security Access Office (SAO), they will be required to sign the Badge Application acknowledging that the applicant understands this policy.  

Step 2: Background Check

Applicants must complete and pass the Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and Security Threat Assessment (STA). These Security Background Checks are conducted through fingerprinting.

To successfully pass the CHRC and STA, the applicant cannot have been convicted of a disqualifying crime listed below in the past 10 years.  In addition, for any other charges, the SAO may request for additional documents, in order to properly adjudicate an applicant.

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Schedule A Fingerprint Appointment


It may take one week or longer to receive clearances for the Security Background Checks. To verify the status of your background check, please contact your employer.

Bring the following to your fingerprint appointment

  • 2 forms of unexpired PDF icongovernment issued identification
    • 1 to establish identity and 1 to establish employment authorization, such as a U.S. Passport and California Driver’s License, or Permanent Resident Card and California Driver’s License.
    • Laminated identification will not be accepted
  • $81.25 payment by check payable to Airport Commission, or Visa/Mastercard credit card.

On the Day of Your Fingerprint Appointment

  1. Go to the Security Access Office in the International Terminal, Main Hall, 5th Floor.
  2. Check in with the front desk and make your fingerprint payment.

Fingerprint Appointment Location


Security Access Office Map

Step 3: U.S. Customs Seal

If your company or operation requires access to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Security Areas at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as defined in 19 CFR 122.181, please contact the CBP Security Seals Office at 650.877.4002 or email at sfocbpseals@cbp.dhs.gov

Do not attempt to make any appointments for application for a CBP Security Seal until your company has been identified and established with the local SFO CBP Seals Office. Doing so will lead to your applications and appointments being cancelled.

There will be only 15 standbys for CBP every day. There are no guarantees that all standbys will be seen.

  • Standby’s will be accepted beginning at 0600
  • Standby’s will check in at the SAO Reception Desk to receive a standby number
  • IDs will be verified during check in and again in the CBP office
  • The standby process is on a first come first serve basis and there are no guarantees that all standby’s will be seen.  Standbys who are not seen will be required to repeat this process the following day


U.S. Customs Office Location

International Terminal, Main Hall, 5th Level
Next to the Security Access Office

Customs Office Map

Required Documentation

For more information about U.S. Custom Seal requirements, call 650.877.4002 or visit www.cbp.gov.

Step 4: Security Training

After you receive your Security Background Checks Clearances, you need to complete and pass the security training.

You must complete and pass your Security Background Checks before you can schedule your Security Training appointment. The Security Access Office will notify your employer of the status of your Security Background Checks.





You must bring 2 forms of unexpired PDF icongovernment issued identifcation to your Security Training appointment, the same documents you used for your Security Background Checks.

Security Training Location


SAO map

Step 5: Obtain Badge

After successfully completing your security training, you are ready to be badged.


30 Business Day Window to Complete Badging Process

You have 30 business days from the Security Background Clearance date to complete the badging process. Failure to complete the badging process within 30 business days will require the applicant to be fingerprinted again before a badge is issued. If the period exceeds 30 days, an additional charge may be applicable for processing security checks again.

U.S. Customs Seal

If you need a U.S. Customs Seal, you must go to the U.S. Customs Office prior to badge issuance. Complete the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 3078 and draft a letter of introduction on company letterhead.

For more information on U.S. Custom Seal requirements, call 650.877.4009 or visit www.cbp.gov.

You must bring 2 forms of unexpired PDF icongovernment issued identification, the same documents used for your Security Background Checks and Security Training.

U.S. Customs Office Location

International Terminal, Main Hall, 5th Level
Next to the Security Access Office

Customs Office Map


The New Badge Fee is $80, payable by check made out to Airport Commission, or Visa/Mastercard.

Cashier Office Location

International Terminal, Main Hall, 5th Level

Security Access Office Map