Badging and AOA Permits

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Airport Security Badging and AOA Permits

Palm Springs International Airport is dedicated to the safety and security of all operations, landside and airside. In order to ensure this, procedures have been established for gaining access by person or vehicle to the restricted areas of the airport. The following document will guide you through the various access levels and required procedures to obtain clearances to these restricted areas.

Links to Required Documents 


Sterile Area 

The sterile area is defined as the space beyond the security screening checkpoint. Only persons holding a valid boarding pass / ticket, Sterile Area Worker (SAW), or a SIDA identification badge may proceed into this area after being screened.



The Security Identification Display Area is where you must display your proper identification badge in an easily viewable area above the waist. The SIDA area requires “challenge” procedures. These challenge procedures are used by ALL employees to assure that anyone in this area is wearing and displaying their appropriate ID badge.


Restricted areas on the airport periphery encompassing the Fixed Base Operators,  the Air Traffic Control Tower and US Customs, where Non-SIDA identification is required.

AOA Vehicle Permit

A permanent sticker or temporary placard affixed to a vehicle authorizing access to the restricted areas of the airport.

Airport Identification Badge

An airport issued badge allowing access to certain restricted areas of the Airport. The Airport Identification Badge may be one of the following: SIDA, Non-SIDA, or SAW.

Authorized Signatory Letter

A letter, generated on company letterhead, establishing those company representatives approved to request badges and permits on behalf of the company.

Procedures to Obtain an Airport Identification Badge

1 - Authorized Signatory Letter:

Companies requesting Airport Identification Badges must have an "Authorized Signatory Letter" on file with the airport.  There should be at least one individual, in a management or supervisory capacity only,  authorized to request ID badges for the company.  A sample "Authorized Signatory Letter" is available in PDF format from the link above. Please submit your original letter on company letterhead with original signatures.

2 - Fingerprint/Badge Application:

All persons requiring access to restricted areas of Palm Springs International Airport must first complete a Fingerprint/Badge Application form, available above. Completed Fingerprint/Badge Applications must be signed off by an authorized signatory from the letter above (Item #1). The bottom of the second page of the badge application allows the authorized signer to verify the individual, to approve the processing of fingerprints (for SIDA and SAW applicants) and identification badge, and to guarantee payment by his/her company of all fees associated with the fingerprint/badging process.  

3 - Fingerprint-based "Criminal History Records Check" (CHRC) and TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA): 

Fingerprint appointments can be scheduled by calling (760) 318-3830 or e-mailing  The fingerprinting and badging process requires the presentation of:

- A completed Fingerprint/Badge Application, and

- Two (2) forms of unexpired "Government Issued" identification, with at least one of them bearing the applicant's photograph.

Some acceptable forms of government issued identification are: State Driver's License, State Identification Card, Social Security Card, Immigration & Naturalization Identification, Birth Certificate, Passport.

After fingerprints are taken, a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA) are conducted and the results will usually be reported to the applicant within two (2) weeks. If the fingerprints results do not indicate anything disqualifying, you may move to the next step: training.

4 - Mandatory Training:

Each applicant is then required to attend training.  Appointments to attend the training can be made by calling (760) 318-3830 or e-mailing

Upon successful completion of the training class, the individual will be issued an Airport Identification Badge.

Fingerprinting and Badge Fees

Fingerprinting and badging fees are normally billed to the permanent tenant; however, fees can be paid immediately upon service or issuance. The Airport reserves the right to require payment immediately.  Immediate payments may be made in the form of cash or a check made payable to the “City of Palm Springs.”  Renewal fees are the responsibility of the applicant, and said fees will be required prior to revalidation of the identification badge.

Type Cost Renewal Replacement Temporary
Fingerprinting Fee $50.00 N/A N/A N/A
SIDA/Secured Area Badges $50.00 $30.00* $75.00 $30.00**
Non-SIDA/Secured Area Badges $50.00 $30.00* $75.00 $30.00**
Sterile Area Badges $50.00 $30.00* $75.00 N/A

*The $30.00 renewal fee is waived if the badge is renewed on or before its expiration date.

** Applicants must currently possess a permanent valid badge of the same type.

Procedures to Obtain an AOA Vehicle Permit

The Airport requires a separate "Authorized Signatory Letter" for each company requesting Vehicle AOA permits. The letter must designate at least one individual in a management or supervisory capacity authorized to request AOA vehicle permits. A sample of this letter is available in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet above. Please submit your letter with original signatures. Two types of permits are available:

1. Permanent (or temporary) AOA Vehicle Permit:

This permit is for company vehicles operated on the AOA on a regular basis. This AOA Vehicle Permit request form must be resubmitted each year, or sooner if there are changes or new vehicles are added.  More than one vehicle may be listed with each request, and the form will require the following information: Vehicle make, vehicle type, color, year, and license number. A sample form is available  in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet above.

2. Escort Required AOA Vehicle Permit:

Each tenant has the ability to request “Escort Required” AOA Vehicle Permits (placards) for vehicles needing temporary access inside the restricted area. The tenant MUST escort the vehicle at all times with a properly badged PSP employee and the tenants' owned/operated escort vehicle must display a permanent AOA permit.

All vehicle permit fees must be paid at the time of issuance, and fee information can be found in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet.


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