Badging and Fingerprinting Office Information

The Airport Office Building fourth floor computer training room is not available to the public.

Training Computers are available at:
Terminal 1, B Concourse
Terminal 2, Room E-1079 in the hall between Customs and Baggage Claim

Reminder for Airport Authority employees:
  Your mandatory training sheet is available on the Training tab of Lambertzone under the Operations subsection.

Reminder for all other badge holders who need computer training:  Your mandatory training sheet is available at the bottom of this page.  Download the one for your color of badge.

The Badging and Fingerprinting Office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m. (accepting applications until 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and sometimes the customer line will be cut off earlier on heavy customer volume days).  There are no badge renewals on Tuesdays due to SIDA Classes taught by our staff members, but we can replace damaged or lost or stolen badges, accept applications for new badges, do fingerprinting and Status Changes to existing badges.

Our office is closed on these 2022 government holidays: Jan. 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 21 Presidents Day, May 30 Memorial Day, June 20 Juneteenth honored, July 4 Independence Day, Sept. 5 Labor Day, Nov. 11 Veterans Day, Nov. 24 and 25 Thanksgiving and day after it and Dec. 26 Christmas Day honored.

SIDA Class Details
Tuesday morning SIDA Class check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.  SIDA Class is held 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Tuesday afternoon SIDA Class check-in begins at 12:00 p.m.  SIDA Class is held 12:30-4:00 p.m. The Badging and Fingerprinting Office does not close from 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch on Tuesdays so you may come check-in for your SIDA Class. 

Advance reservations in SIDA Class must be made; walk-in students are not accepted.  Please do not show up at the Badging Office without already having a SIDA Class reservation because each class can accept a very limited amount of students due to social distancing requirements in the COVID era.  Call the Badging Office at (314)426-8095 to make your reservation after your badge approval has been received by your employer or sponsoring Authorized Signatory.

Bring all these items when you come to check in for your SIDA Class:

* your two or more valid government-issued identification documents (your driver's license is one of you required ID's if you will be driving inside the fence line perimeter at STL),
* black or blue pen to take class notes and for the test,
* non-alcoholic beverage if you would like one to drink during class,
* snack for the break outside of the classroom,
* payment for your badge if your company is not invoiced for your badge fees ($45 cash or company check payable to "City of St. Louis Treasurer") and
* jacket or sweater because the classrooms are usually very cold and we cannot change the thermostats

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need a reservation for fingerprinting or to pickup my badge?
A. No, you do not need a reservation at STL.

Q. How long does it take to complete the badging process at STL?
A. Badge applicants must complete the entire badging process and be issued their badge within 30 calendar days of their badge approval per federal regulations.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

The Badging Office usually receives fingerprint results from the FBI and threat assessment results from TSA in 7-10 business days after a customer begins the badging process.  These results are reviewed and adjudicated, then your employer and/or sponsoring Authorized Signatory are notified via email as to your approval status.  You are encouraged to call the STL Badging and Fingerprinting Office at (314)426-8095 to check on your own badge approval status.

Q. What happens if I do not complete the badging process within 30 calendar days of my badge approval?
A. You must restart the entire badging process at your or your employer or your Sponsoring Authority's expense:
*bring new completed paperwork,
*$40 cash or company check payable to "City of St. Louis Treasurer" if your badge type requires fingerprinting and employee to pay for it; please note that the Accounting Office will not accept credit or debit cards, money orders or personal checks,
*your two or more government-issued identification documents,
*do new fingerprints and new threat assessment and wait for badge approval... again. This may take another 1-2 weeks of your time and
*re-do the computer training courses and Customs application process (as applicable).

Training classes such as for Movement (red stripe atop badge), Limited Movement (orange stripe atop badge) or Non-Movement Driver Training (yellow stripe atop badge) will also need to be retaken, if applicable for the requested badge type.

Q. What are your office hours? What government-issued identification is permitted for use at the STL Badging and Fingerprinting Office?
A. We are open Monday - Friday.  7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Our customer line ends at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. unless the line is very long and we end the line early so we can process everyone.  The office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and government holidays.

Our office is closed on these 2022 government holidays: Jan. 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 21 Presidents Day, May 30 Memorial Day, June 20 Juneteenth honored, July 4 Independence Day, Sept. 5 Labor Day, Nov. 11 Veterans Day, Nov. 24 and 25 Thanksgiving and day after it and Dec. 26 Christmas Day honored.

Please print the STL Badging Office Hours and List of Acceptable IDs flyer listed below for yourself, your new or renewing badge applicants, your contractors or vendors and post these in your break rooms and on information boards at your office or company.  Help us help your badge applicants and encourage them to bring the proper required ID's every time they visit the Badging Office!

You are strongly encouraged to give a copy of the List of Acceptable IDs to anyone who needs to come to the Badging Office so they can take responsibility for checking that they bring us the correct, non-expired, valid ID's that have matching names on them.  We do not accept any expired ID's or photocopies of ID's.

Arriving as close to the office opening times of 7:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. is always your best option for completing your badging business more quickly than later in the weekday. Line up in the hallway outside of our office. Do not sit in the hallway chairs yet. We will make an announcement over the loudspeaker of "Next customer in line". We process each customer individually at our office counter so that your personally identifiable information is protected.

Q. How do I renew my badge at STL?
A. Badge renewal time frame begins the first day of the month in which your badge expires. For example, if your badge expires 12/31/2022, you can start renewing it on 12/1/2022. Renewing your badge during the first two weeks of the month in which it expires is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED because our customer lines vary moment to moment. Lines are always longer after the fifteenth day of the month and especially as the end of each month approaches, just like at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

We must cut off the line of customers early when the line is extremely long so please come to the Badging Office early in the month and early in the day so your wait may be shorter.

No badge renewals on Tuesdays due to SIDA Classes we teach. The Badging and Fingerprint Office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and government holidays.

Please do not procrastinate when renewing your badge! Bring your patience when you come to the STL Badging Office because you may wait for 20 minutes or more than two hours if the customer line is very long.

Q. What paperwork and items do I need to bring to the Badging Office to renew my badge or begin a brand new applicant badging process?
A. Contact your employer and sponsoring Authorized Signer to complete Page 3 of the Badge Application and the Badge Addendum form. Your Page 3 form must be dated by your Authorized Signer and it is only valid for 30 calendar days. The Authorized Signer's signature must be original on the Page 3 form and that form can only be completed in black or blue ink. We do not accept facsimiles or PDF's via email of the Page 3 form.

As of September 1, 2019, there are additional required training classes for most renewing and new badge applicants.  We provide the applicable Tenant Training Form below for your badge type as a reference for what training you need to do.  That form does not need to be completed by your Authorized Signatory.  We will give you information to do your training when we fingerprint you if you are a brand new badge applicant.

Please complete Page 1 and Page 2 of the Badge Application and your signature part of the Badge Addendum in black or blue ink. Bring your properly completed Badge Application (Pages 1, 2 and 3) and Badge Addendum form plus your face mask and two or more valid government-issued identification documents and your expiring badge (if renewing) to the Badging and Fingerprinting Office during our normal business hours.  Bring $35 cash or company check payable to "City of St. Louis Treasurer" if you are required to pay for your badge renewal and your company is not on billing with the Accounting Office.

No badge renewals on Tuesdays due to SIDA Classes we teach. The Badging and Fingerprint Office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and government holidays.

Q. I no longer need my STL badge? Is it ok to keep it as a memento of my work at STL? Can I throw it in the trash or shred it?
A. No, you may not keep your STL badge when you are done working at STL, if you are terminated by your employer or if your company has completed their contract here. Do not give your badge to another person, throw it away or shred it, even if you are retiring or not expecting to come back to ever work again at STL.

The badge is Airport property as indicated on the back of your badge and it must be returned to the Badging Office. Mail it to our office in an envelope with a note as to why your badge is no longer needed.  If you need us to email you a receipt for your returned badge, please write that on your note and your email address:

Mailing address:

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Attn:  Security Operations Unit (Badging Office)
P.O. Box 10212
St. Louis, MO 63145

Q. I applied for a badge at STL in the past. My previous badge was not returned to the Badging and Fingerprinting Office by my previous employer or by me. Now I need to reapply for a badge because I have a different job. What do I do?
A. If more than 30 calendar days have passed between your previous badge's expiration date or its return to our office or notification to our office that you were no longer employed, you must restart the entire badging process. See explanation above for how to apply and what items to bring with you.

If your previous badge was not returned to our office, you must either bring it with you to return to us or you must pay the penalty fee associated with a Lost or Not Accounted badge. Badge holders are only permitted 3 Lost badges at STL in their entire lifetime and the penalty fees are steep (see fee list below).

If your previous badge was returned to our office, we will have a record of that in our system. You will still need to bring the properly completed badge application paperwork, correct IDs and fingerprint payment of $40 (if your requested badge type requires you to be fingerprinted and you to pay).

Questions, Concerns or Comments?

Please call the Badging and Fingerprint Office at (314)426-8095.

Thank you for your attention to these matters and have a safe day!

Fingerprint and Badging Fees

May 3, 2018

Dear Airport Stakeholders,

The amount St. Louis Lambert International Airport charges for airport-issued identification badges has remained fixed since 2010. Security Operations recently conducted a badge cost survey that included Category X and Category 1 airports. It has been determined that on July 1, 2018 the following minimal changes will go into effect: Airport Identification Badges
New/First Time              $45.00
Renewal                         $35.00
Status Change                $35.00
First Lost Badge             $75.00
Second Lost Badge         $100.00
Third Lost Badge            $175.00

Airport Submitting Office Number (SON)           $40.00 (no change)
Air Carrier Submitting Office Number (SON)      $25.00
Fingerprint cards/postal cards                          $25.00

Air carriers that request fingerprinting under their own SONs are strongly encouraged to participate in the FBI Rap Back program to help mitigate Insider Threat. Enrollment will streamline the badging process by exempting employees from biennial fingerprint-based criminal history record checks (CHRCs) and will eliminate the $25.00 processing fee. Lambert enrolled in FBI Rap Back in June 2017.

If your employees are responsible for paying these costs themselves, please inform them of the changes prior to sending them to the Badging Office.

Stacey Link
Airport Security Manager
Security Operations Unit

Payment Methods for Fingerprint and Badging Fees

Cash or company check payable to "City of St. Louis Treasurer" are the only acceptable payment methods for fingerprint and new, renewal or lost badge fees. The Airport's Finance and Accounting Office handles all payments. Come to the Badging Office first so we can give you the proper billing paperwork.

Unacceptable payment methods:  personal checks, money orders or any form of credit or debit cards

Badging, Fingerprinting and Security Operations Unit Office Location

Terminal 1, Yellow Level of parking garage on the baggage carousel level. Our office is next to Exit 18 (Police Department). This is at the far west end of Arriving Flights Drive.

How do I get to the Security Operations Unit, Badging and Fingerprinting Office?

There are many options for coming to our office in Terminal 1 at STL.

You can ride the MetroLink light rail train or MetroBus to Terminal 1 at STL. Here's a link to their information, ticketing information and schedule:

You can ride your bicycle, scooter or motorcycle to STL. Bicycle, scooter and motorcycle parking is available in Lot A next to Terminal 1. Please lock your bicycle, scooter or motorcycle!

Vehicle parking is not free at STL so please be prepared to pay $5 for 0-2 hours in the Main Terminal Parking Garage operated by Super Park or at one of the off-site lots and take a shuttle to the Main Terminal. Parking facilities only accept cash, credit cards or debit cards for parking payments; no personal or company checks or money orders. 

Free transportation alternative:  have someone drop you off at Terminal 1, Arriving Flights Drive, Exit 18, then they can drive over to the Cell Phone Lot west of Terminal 1 and wait for you until you call to say you have completed your badging business.

Absolutely no vehicles are permitted to be left unattended on Arriving Flights Drive, Departing Flights Drive or any other roadway at STL! Do not park outside Exit 18 and leave your vehicle or leave someone in your vehicle when you come to the Badging Office. Your vehicle will be towed and impounded!

Required Initial & Recurrent Training for Airlines, Tenants , Vendors and Contractors

Please read the attachment entitled Recurrent Training STL 06122019 listed below.  This document explains all the new requirements related to training requirements for all badge types other than Ground Transportation (Limo, Shuttle and Taxi).  You also need to read and download the correct Tenant Training form listed below for your badge type.  If you are brand new and applying for a badge, you need to do the training as part of your badging process.

Note:  Red Stripe means Movement Driver Training, Orange Stripe means Limited Movement Driver Training and Yellow Stripe means Non-Movement Driver Training 

Badging Forms & Documents

Questions? Contact Us!

If you have questions please call the Badging and Fingerprinting Office at (314)426-8095 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m.  We are happy to assist you!