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Airport Badging

To receive an airport-issued ID badge, applicants must complete a Badge Application Form, which then must be signed by an airport Authorized Signatory.

Airport Badge Application

Photo of the Airport Information desk

All badging-related processes require an appointment to be made with the Airport Information Office by calling (574) 282-4590 ext. 0. Appointments can be made Monday – Friday, 6am – 8pm.

To begin the badging process, all applicants must bring a signed Badge Application Form, along with identification compliant with the federal USCIS Form I-9. Note: Applicants must have one document from Table A, or one document from Table B, AND one document from Table C.

USCIS Form I-9

All badge applicants must undergo security screening prior to receiving a badge. Typical security screening usually takes 5-7 business days. Unless requested otherwise, Airport Information will advise the Authorized Signatory of successful results upon completion. After successful security screening, all applicants must undergo computer-based training and testing before receiving their badge. Applicants may make training appointments by calling 574-282-4590, and should expect training to take 60 minutes. Applicants that do not complete training within thirty days of successful security screening must begin the badging process again.

If the applicant is requesting Movement Area Driving authority, the applicant must also complete a practical driving test, to be scheduled upon completion of computer-based training. Movement Area Driving appointments can be expected to take 120 minutes. Applicants may use the Movement Area Driving Manual to prepare for the practical test.

Movement Area Driving Manual

All badge fees are due upon completion of training and badge issuance. Fees can be paid via cash, credit card, or direct billing (agreement with the St. Joseph County Airport Authority is required).

Airport-Issued ID Badge Fees

Badges expire yearly and may be renewed within thirty days of expiration date by making an appointment with the Airport Information Office.

Lost badges must be reported to Airport Information immediately. Replacement badges may only be issued upon receipt of a completed Lost Badge Form and any applicable fees.

Lost Badge Form

Authorized Signatories may complete the Key Request Form and submit to Airport Information to request an applicant be provided with an airport-issued key.

Key Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Homeland Security requires identification that proves both identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Please refer to USCIS Form I-9 for acceptable identification.

Providing a Social Security Number is voluntary, but is needed to establish authorization of employment in the United States. However, alternate forms of identity and employment authorization may be used. Failure to provide a Social Security Number or any other form requested may slow the security screening process or prevent the Department of Homeland Security from completing your application, thus prohibiting the airport from issuing a badge.

No. Background checks are conducted for all badge types. It may take 7-10 business days for the results to come back to Airport Information. Once the results are confirmed, a notification is sent to the Authorized Signatory indicating that the badge holder may continue with the badging process.

An appointment must be made with the Airport Information Office to go through computer-based training. Depending on the training and tests that are required for the badge, training could last over 60 minutes. Please call to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

Badge training is conducted in the Airport Information Office Monday – Friday, 6am -8pm. Make an appointment by calling the Information Office at 574-282-4590 ext. 0. Making an appointment allows our staff to accommodate appropriately.

Atlantic Aviation is the Authorized Signatory for all T-Hangar badges. Consult with them to apply for a T-Hangar badge.

Once security screening is successful and notification is sent to the Authorized Signatory, the applicant has 30 days from that notification date to make an appointment with Airport Information to take the acceptable training for the badge. After 30 days, the applicant must begin the badging process again from the beginning.

Yes. All badge training is computer-based and space is limited. An appointment is required to guarantee that there is space available for you. Badging hours are 6am – 8pm, Monday – Friday.

A badge holder is able to renew their badge up to 30 days before the expiration date printed on the badge, and up to 30 days after. Once the badge has been expired for more than 30 days the applicant must begin the badge process again from the beginning.

To stay compliant with both the TSA and FAA rules and regulations, annual training is required. Annual proof of identity, eligibility to work in the United States, and completed paperwork are also required.