What is a Redress Number?
A Redress Number, also known as a Redress Control Number, is a unique seven-digit identifier issued by the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program. It is used to match travelers with the results of their redress case through the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP).
When Do I Need to Apply for a Redress Number?
You may need to apply for a Redress Number if you have been repeatedly selected for additional screening at transportation hubs, such as airports and border crossings. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Your name or other personal information is similar to someone on a TSA watchlist.
- You have a criminal record.
- You have been involved in a previous incident involving transportation security.
- You have been the subject of a mistaken identity.
How to Apply for a Redress Number
To apply for a Redress Number, you must create an account and submit a Traveler Inquiry Form on the DHS TRIP website. The form will ask you for basic information about yourself, as well as information about the incidents that have led you to apply for a Redress Number. You will also need to submit supporting documentation, such as a copy of your passport or driver’s license.
Once you have submitted your Traveler Inquiry Form, the DHS TRIP staff will review your case and determine whether or not you are eligible for a Redress Number. If you are eligible, you will be issued a Redress Number and a Redress Confirmation Letter.
How to Use Your Redress Number
When you make a reservation with an airline, you can provide your Redress Number. This will help the airline to identify you as a known traveler and may reduce the likelihood of you being selected for additional screening.
Do I Need to Apply for a Redress Number?
You are not required to apply for a Redress Number in order to travel. However, if you have been repeatedly selected for additional screening, a Redress Number may be able to help you to avoid this in the future.
Benefits of Having a Redress Number
There are several benefits to having a Redress Number, including:
- Reduced risk of being selected for additional screening
- Faster and easier check-in process
- More relaxed travel experience
How to Keep Your Redress Number Up-to-Date
If you have a Redress Number, it is important to keep it up-to-date. You can do this by logging into your DHS TRIP account and updating your information as needed.
For more information about Redress Numbers, please visit the DHS TRIP website: https://trip.dhs.gov/s/?language=en_US
Common Questions About Redress Numbers
Q: What is the difference between a Redress Number and a Known Traveler Number?
A: A Redress Number is a unique identifier issued to individuals who have been repeatedly misidentified in the TSA’s Secure Flight program. A Known Traveler Number (KTN) is a unique identifier issued to individuals who have pre-enrolled in a trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry or SENTRI.
Q: Do I need to have a Redress Number in order to travel?
A: No, you do not need to have a Redress Number in order to travel. However, if you have been repeatedly selected for additional screening, a Redress Number may be able to help you to avoid this in the future.
Q: How long does it take to get a Redress Number?
A: The DHS TRIP staff typically reviews and processes Redress Number applications within 30 days. However, in some cases, the process may take longer.
Q: How long is a Redress Number valid for?
A: Redress Numbers are valid for five years from the date they are issued.
Q: What should I do if I lose my Redress Confirmation Letter?
A: If you lose your Redress Confirmation Letter, you can contact the DHS TRIP staff to request a replacement.
If you have been repeatedly selected for additional screening at transportation hubs, you may want to consider applying for a Redress Number. A Redress Number can help to reduce the likelihood of you being selected for additional screening and make your travel experience more relaxed.