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Badging

The Des Moines International Airport Badging Office issues, tracks, and manages the Airport ID badges for:

  • Airport employees
  • Airline employees
  • Concessionaire employees (employees of retail shops, restaurants, rental car operations, etc.)
  • Airport service provider employees (employees of fixed-base operators such as Signature Flight Support and Elliott Aviation)
  • Airport based pilots and Flying Club members

All employees must have the proper security and identification credentials to work on Airport properties, including public areas.

The Badging Office is located in the main passenger terminal on the second floor, Suite 207. Enter the doors located at the skywalk entrance and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor. Suite 207 is located in the hallway marked Administrative Offices.

Badging Office Hours & Contact Information

Des Moines Airport Authority
5800 Fleur Drive, Suite 207
Des Moines, IA 50321

Phone: (515) 256-5005
Fax: (515) 256-5048

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
The Badging Office is closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for lunch
The Badging Office will be closed to observe holidays

Questions? Please contact airport-badging@dsmairport for more information about badging operations.

Badging FAQ's

Q) When is the Security Training Class offered?

A) The Security Training Class is available Monday through Friday, during regular hours of operation. You must have an appointment to attend the training session. You may contact the Badging Office at 515-256-5005 to schedule an appointment.

Q) How long is the Security Training Class?

A) Airport Security Training is offered via individual computer workstations. Typically training can take from 30-45 minutes to complete.

Q) What Forms of Identification are acceptable?

A) Please reference the Identity and Employment Verification Chart. Reminder: You must bring in one item from Column A (or if none apply), one item from Column B AND one item from Column C.

Q) What is an "Authorized Representative"?

A) A company's authorized signature is typically a manager or supervisor. You can check with your manager or the Airport Badging Office for a list of your company's Authorized Representative(s).

Q) How can my company change its Authorized Representatives?

A) You will need to obtain and complete a new Authorized Signature Letter and submit it to the Airport Badging Office.

Q) How can I return my badge if I no longer need/require it?

A) You MUST return your badge to your employer or the Airport Badging Office, Suite 207, or mail the badge to:

Des Moines International Airport
Attn: Airport Badging Office
5800 Fleur Drive, Suite 207
Des Moines, IA 50321

Q) What are the Security Badge Fees?

Badge Issue Fee: $25
Fingerprint Fee: $20
Criminal History Background Check Processing: $33
Security Threat Assessment Background Check: $11
Badge Deposit: $100
Vehicle Permit Fee: $10

Please reference the Badge Fees to review additional charges such as Lost Badge fees, etc.

Badging Process

SIDA & Sterile Area Badge Process

All persons requesting an Airport Security Identification badge will need to obtain and complete the Badge application form. The applicant must complete all applicable fields on the application form and obtain the employer or sponsoring company's "Authorized Representative" signature in order to be accepted.

When a fingerprint based, criminal history records check (CHRC) is required, the applicant must obtain and complete the Fingerprint application form. The applicant must schedule an appointment with the Airport Badging office, (515) 256-5005, to have the fingerprinting conducted. In addition, the Airport is required to submit applicant data to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to complete a Security Threat Assessment (STA). Two forms of government issued ID, one of which must have a photo, must be presented when submitting the application forms at the fingerprint appointment. Please reference the Identity and Employment Verification Chart to ensure proper ID is presented.

The CHRC and STA background check process will take approximately 3-5 days. The Airport Badging office staff will notify the employer or the applicant once the background check results have been received.

Federal regulations require that persons who receive an Airport Security Identification badge complete the Airport Security Training presentation. Training is conducted on an appointment only basis and is offered via individual computer training workstations located in the Airport badging office. The applicant must bring photo identification to verify their legitimacy to take the training and check-in at the Airport Administration front desk, Suite 207, at least five (5) minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. Once the training has been completed the applicant will be provided his/her Airport Security Identification badge.

Please reference the Badging Fees to see costs associated with Airport Security badges.

AOA & Public Area Badge Process

All persons requesting an Airport Security Identification badge will need to obtain and complete the Badge application form. The applicant must complete all applicable fields on the application form and obtain the employer or sponsoring company's "Authorized Representative" signature, in order to be accepted. Two forms of government issued ID, one of which must have a photo, must be presented when submitting the application form. Please reference the Identity and Employment Verification Chart to ensure proper ID is presented.

The Airport is required to submit applicant data to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to complete a Security Threat Assessment (STA). The STA background check process will take approximately 3-5 days. The Airport Badging office staff will notify the employer or the applicant once the background check results have been received.

Federal regulations require that persons who receive an Airport Security Identification badge complete the Airport Security Training presentation. Training is conducted on an appointment only basis and is offered via individual computer training workstations located within the Airport badging office. The applicant must bring photo identification to verify their legitimacy to take the training and check-in at the Airport Administration front desk, room 207, at least five (5) minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. Once training has been completed the applicant will be provided his/her Airport Security Identification badge.

Please reference the Badging Fees to see the costs associated with Airport Security badges.

NOTE: If the applicant is a Car Rental employee requesting a public area (red striped) badge, the Airport Security Training presentation is not required. Instead, all Car Rental applicants must read and sign the Rental Car Lot Security Operations form, which is to be submitted with their Airport badge application form.