Airport policy and federal regulations (49 CFR 1542) require all airport workers, including employees, tenants and contractors, to obtain and display an identification badge issued by the Houston Airport System while working on airport sites.
ID badges play a key role in airport security efforts, so badge issuance is a controlled process. Badges are issued only to personnel who can justify, to the satisfaction of the badging offices and the Airport Security Coordinator, eligibility based on a recurring need for access to any or all controlled-access areas of airport complexes.
The applicant/badge holder’s badge is and will remain the property of Houston Airports. The badge holder agrees to surrender his or her badge within 24 hours of resignation or termination of employment, or immediately upon request of the employer, Security and/or Airport Operations. The badge holder also may surrender his/her badge by dropping it in a US Postal Service mailbox.
The employer/sponsoring organization and Houston Airports are jointly responsible for control and accountability of ID badges. However, it is the sponsoring organization’s primary duty to immediately notify the badging office, or the Airport Communications Center in the event that the badging office is closed, when badged individuals have resigned, been terminated or are no longer associated with the sponsoring organization. These individuals’ badges must be returned to the badging office or an Unaccounted-For Security Access Media Form (IAH only) must be completed and submitted to the badging office within 48 hours of resignation, termination or ending of association.
The sponsoring organization remains liable for any and all damages (including but not limited to: regulatory fines and/or penalties, contractual, equitable, or claims in tort, and/or property damage, and including reasonable attorney fees and/or allocable internal costs related to the investigation and/or defense of such claims, fines and/or penalties) suffered by Houston Airports before such ID badges are delivered to the badging office.
New badge applicants must be fingerprinted and pass a background and criminal history record check. Your fingerprints will be taken when you present your application at a badging office.
First-time applicants must be fingerprinted, pass a background check, and complete the required educational course(s) prior to being issued a badge.
Your Houston Airports Authorized Signatory will decide the level of access you will be granted, and you will be required to complete and sign a Badge Application Form. The form may be completed online, but must be printed and signed by hand. Your Authorized Signatory must also complete and sign his/her parts of the form.
2. Verifying Identification
Bring your completed and signed form to an airport badging office, along with two forms of matching identification, one of which must be a primary form. Please be advised that the names on each form of ID must match exactly, or the vetting process may be stopped in order to give the applicant time to provide identification with exactly matching names. You may choose to bring more than two forms of ID.
Primary forms of identification are government-issued cards or documents exhibiting both the bearer’s photograph and signature. They must be written in the English language and valid, not expired or suspended. Primary forms may include:
Validation of all data from a primary form of ID must be performed. If the system is unable to validate a form, the applicant may present an alternate primary form. Should the applicant refuse or fail to provide a primary form that can be confirmed, he or she must leave the badging office and renew at a later date when he or she has obtained an approved, confirmable form of identification.
Secondary forms of identification may be used to support primary documents. They must not be expired, if an expiration date is applicable. Secondary forms may include:
Forms of identification that are not acceptable and will be rejected include:
If an applicant indicates he or she was born outside of the U.S., verification of citizenship will be determined by an official naturalization certificate. Non-US citizen alien status and work authorization will be verified by an Alien Registration, Refugee Travel Document or Reentry Permit. All must be accompanied by an Employment Authorization document. First-time Alien applicants must also provide his/her Social Security card.
Please note: The badging process must be completed within 30 days of receipt of fingerprint results. If not badged within 30 days, the applicant must repeat the application and fingerprint process.
Lost or stolen ID badges must be reported immediately to the Airport Badging Office and will be replaced only after the individual to whom it was issued files a written Lost/Stolen Badge Report Form detailing the circumstances leading to the loss or theft. The replacement fee for the badge is $16, plus the following applicable administrative fee:
Procedure for reporting a lost or stolen badge
Houston Airports, the airport tenant and each badge holder are jointly responsible for control and accountability of ID badges. When a badge holder’s work is complete or reassigned at the airport, or upon his or her termination of employment, the employer or sponsor must immediately notify the badging office of the status change. The sponsor is also responsible for obtaining or confiscating the badge and returning it to the badging office within 48 hours for accounting and shredding purposes.
Procedure for reporting a badge status change
A badge holder and his or her sponsor are jointly responsible for renewing the badge prior to its expiration date. If the badge expired more than 30 days prior, renewal requires re-application by the new badge applicant process.
Please note: Your employer or sponsor must indicate need for AOA driving privileges on the badging application for the AOA course to be available to you.
Access to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) areas requires additional application and approval. If you require access to these areas, the badging office staff will provide the necessary forms and further instruction. You will not be able to proceed to these areas until you receive your airport badge with a Customs and Border Protection Seal.
Badge applicants requiring access to U.S. Customs and Immigration areas (e.g., Terminal D Customs Hall) must complete a Customs application and have it approved by U.S. Customs, in addition to the paperwork required by the Houston Airports Badging Office.
If you are a new badge applicant, your Customs application will be initiated after you complete the fingerprint process. For existing badge holders, the Airport Badging Office will review your status before referring you to Customs.
All badge applicants are required to present the following completed forms. These forms are available from the Airport Badging Office.
What You Need To Bring
The application process requires two (2) major forms of identification:
Foreign Born Applicants
If a foreign born applicant IS a U.S. citizen, he/she will need to present at least one of the following original documents listed below:
If a foreign born applicant IS NOT a U.S. citizen, he/she will need to present at least one of the following original documents listed below:
Click here to complete and submit an electronic CBP Form 3078 for Hobby Airport. Please contact your Authorized Signatory for further instructions.
For changes in access authorization, please first notify your Authorized Signatory of your changed access needs. In scenarios that do not require a badge type/color change, your Authorized Signatory will notify the badging office in writing and the access list for the badge will be updated. In scenarios requiring a type/color change or added special access types, a Renewal/Replacement Badge Application Form must be completed, marked as a “change” and signed.
Individuals applying as Authorized Signatories must receive initial approval from their employer and attend training at the applicable airport badging office. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all Authorized Signatories to complete annual recertification training. The annual training period is based on the last documented training class you attended, so please keep a record of your training dates. Failure to complete the annual training requirement could result in the suspension of your Authorized Signatory status.
IAH Training is provided Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. for recertification and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for first time certifications.
HOU Training is provided the second and last Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 a.m. for both recertification and first time certifications.
IAH Airport Badging Office
Terminal A, Baggage Claim Level, North Side
2800 North Terminal Road
Houston, TX 77032
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Application Processing is by Appointment Only using the TimeTrade online scheduling program.
Ask your employer to schedule an appointment using the web-based appointment scheduler. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to appointment time.
Lost, stolen or damaged badges are considered emergency processing and will be handled as a walk-in during normal business hours.
HOU Airport Badging Office
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
7800 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061
Located on the first floor of the terminal, on the east side of the baggage claim area
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For groups larger than 4, please call the badging office for an appointment.
IAH Airport Badging Office: 1-281-230-3032
HOU Airport Badging Office: 1-713-845-6500
For after-hours reporting of lost or stolen badges:
IAH Airport Communications Center: 1-281-230-1300
HOU Airport Communications Center 1-713-845-6555