Flight Training Security Program
On September 20, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that prohibits a flight school from providing flight training to a non-United States citizen unless the student is first cleared by the Secretary of Homeland Security. To obtain clearance, the Flight Training Security Program (FTSP) Student must provide certain personal information, along with two sets of fingerprints, to the TSA. This rule is mandated by the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act of December 12, 2003.
The IFR went into effect on October 5, 2004, and can be found at TSA-2004-19147.pdf.
National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (NATACS) maintains an international network of Certified Fingerprint Technicians who have been collecting and submitting fingerprints to the TSA in accordance with the FTSP requirements since 2004.
If a Flight Training Security Program Student applicant submits fingerprints prior to paying for his/her training request with TSA, and prior to receiving the official Flight Training Security Program (FTSP) fingerprinting instructions directly from TSA, the fingerprints are NOT valid AND the associated training request(s) will be cancelled by TSA. Furthermore, the fingerprints will NOT be applied to any current or future training request. Both the applicant and the provider will receive an email notifying them that the fingerprints are NOT valid and the training request(s) is/are cancelled, as well as providing the steps needed to resolve the problem to complete processing through the FTSP.
Applicants have two fingerprint collection method options (if available, based on geographical capabilities):
- Enroll to use a NATACS-Certified Fingerprint Technician, located domestically or internationally:
Find a Fingerprint Collection Agency
- By, or under the supervision of, a U.S. Federal, State or Local Law Enforcement Agency.
If the Flight Training Security Program Student applicant chooses collection method option one (1), the applicant must enroll for fingerprint collection with NATACS in order to obtain a Fingerprint Control Form. To enroll in fingerprinting, the applicant must first locate a Certified Fingerprint Technician by clicking here. After selecting a location, the applicant should click the "FTSP Enrollment" icon. Once the enrollment is complete, the applicant will be able to download a Fingerprint Control Form. If the applicant is unable to download the Fingerprint Control Form, or needs further assistance, they can call the Customer Service Helpdesk at +1.703.842.5317. Fingerprints cannot be collected by the technician if an applicant does not obtain a Fingerprint Control Form.
NOTE: Every Flight Training Security Program Student will need to have TWO (2) separate fingerprint cards/submissions processed by the collection agency. (See candidate's FTSP Fingerprint Instructions: Instructions To Fingerprint Collector / Step 3). If two separate sets are not sent, delays in processing will occur until the Fingerprint Processing Center receives a second fingerprint submission. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that a minimum of two (2) fingerprints are submitted by the collection agency.
NOTE: Applicants whose prints are collected by a Law Enforcement Office (LEO) must ensure that the fingerprints are sent to:
IDENTOGO CardScan Department FTSP
ATTN: TR XXXXXXX (X's represent your training request number)
340 SEVEN SPRINGS WAY, SUITE 250
BRENTWOOD, TN 37027
Flight Training Providers can order Fingerprint Cards to give to their Flight Training Security Program Students.
The Flight Training Security Program has an ongoing need for additional fingerprint locations, domestically and internationally. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Fingerprint Technician, please visit our Fingerprint Technician Training page for more information.