The Tucson Airport Authority Airport Security Office (ASO) is responsible for issuing airport identification badges to employees, tenants and sub-tenants of Tucson International Airport (TUS) who require airport identification to access restricted, secured or sterile areas. Badge issuance is limited to those who are employed or sponsored by a tenant of TUS; have a frequent and reoccurring need for access; and have cleared the FBI-based Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) and Security Threat Assessment (STA).
Employers or sponsors of new TUS employees begin the badge application process by providing the ASO with the proper Work Authorization Form along with payment of a $77 fee. This total consists of a $75 badging fee plus a one-time $2 subscription fee for participation in the RAP Back program, as of January 2, 2020. ASO personnel will provide applicants with required paperwork, as well as fingerprint applicants, and schedule required training.
Information about the TAA Airport Security Office (ASO) at TUS:
- Location: Immediately west of the center stairs in Baggage Claim on the lower level of the main terminal.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except holidays
- Phone: (520) 573-8156 during office hours; (520) 573-8182 after hours
As of January 2, 2020, the Tucson Airport Authority is participating in the RAP Back program for badging employees working at Tucson International Airport (TUS).
Run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), RAP Back provides an additional element to the background checks required of anyone who is authorized to have unescorted access to secured areas of Tucson International Airport (TUS).
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The program provides the TUS ASO with on-going status notifications of criminal history information changes for individuals who have submitted fingerprints as part of a Criminal Records History Check (CHRC), which is required to receive an access badge at TUS. One of the benefits of the program is that badge holders are no longer required to return to the ASO to re-submit fingerprints for updated vetting every two (2) years. At the same time, it improves security by allowing for the timely and reasonable revocation of badges of individuals when necessary due to certain confirmed criminal history. RAP Back does not eliminate the need for an expiration date on a badge.
FAQs About RAP Back
Are all TUS employees be required to participate in RAP Back?
Yes. All TUS badge holders as well as new applicants are required to participate.
Are new work authorization forms required for RAP Back?
Yes. As part of the conversion to RAP Back, all TUS badge holders are required to submit new work authorization forms and applications when enrolling into the program. These forms are provided by the badge holder’s authorized signatory.
Can work authorization forms be provided to the ASO prior to actual enrollment?
Yes. The authorized signatory may provide the TUS ASO with the required form up to 30 days prior to an applicant coming into the ASO.
When will TUS begin enrolling badge holders into RAP Back?
Enrollment began as of January 2, 2020.
When will I be enrolled in RAP Back?
Enrollment is based on the expiration date of the holder’s current badge. In most cases, the enrollment process will take place in the month preceding badge holder’s current expiration date. The TUS ASO will notify badge holders and signatories of the schedule so resources can be allocated for an efficient process.
Are there any fees associated with this new program?
Yes. There is a one-time $2 subscription fee for RAP Back, which is added to the previous $75 badging fee for a total of $77 during the conversion period. The TAA is required to pay a fee for each Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and Security Threat Assessment (STA). The TAA is reviewing costs to determine future badging fees after the conversion period.
How are badge fees determined?
TUS badge costs are based solely on the cost of card stock, printing costs, labor, fees charged to participate in RAP Back, and the costs charged to the TAA for a Criminal History Records Check and Security Threat Assessment.
Will badge holders still have to renew their badges under RAP Back?
Yes. Although RAP Back continually monitors badge holders, the Transportation Security Administration requires an expiration date every two years so that badges can be accounted for, validated and employment status can be confirmed. Renewals require a new work authorization form and updated contact information. There will be no need to re-submit fingerprints for review. There will be a renewal fee but it’s expected that the cost will be reduced under the RAP Back program.
Under RAP Back, will a person’s badge automatically be suspended or revoked if criminal activity is discovered?
RAP Back provides notice to TUS regarding new criminal activity that includes documented interactions with any law enforcement agency or court where a person’s fingerprints are submitted. Once TUS receives notice of the interaction, the circumstances will be immediately evaluated by the Airport Security Coordinator. Any badge suspension or revocation will follow TSA regulations regarding disqualifiers outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In cases where a person’s access is suspended while a disposition is being determined, the badge holder cannot be allowed or escorted into a secured or Air Operations Areas (AOA).
Should a badge be suspended or revoked due to criminal activity, the type of criminal activity, cannot be shared with the badge holder’s employer. Disqualifying convictions are outlined in the current TUS badge work authorization form.
If I leave my job and then later get a new one with the same or a different company, do I have to go through the whole process again?
Yes. Once a badge holder ends employment, that person is un-subscribed to the RAP Back program. To obtain a badge in the future an employee must be re-subscribed and pay the associated fees. RAP Back does allow for a short grace period during which a person can re-subscribe without a subscription fee but actual badging fees and processes may still be assessed. It remains the responsibility of the badge signatory to notify the TUS ASO immediately during business hours or the TUS Airport Communications Center during non-business hours so the badge holder’s access can be deactivated. The badge must be surrendered to the ASO during normal business hours or an on-duty Tucson Airport Authority Police Department (TAAPD) officer during non-business hours.
Who may I contact with any additional questions?
Please contact the TUS ASO at (520) 573-8156.