An airport badge is required for all employees and tenants working/operating inside the air operations area (AOA) and any contractors performing work unescorted. The badging process encompasses several steps and generally takes several days to be completed, so please plan to allow ample time to complete the process before needing to use your badge. The badging process is as follows:
- Step 1 - Pay for your badge in the Airport Authority Office (located on the second floor of the terminal)
- Step 2 - First trip to the Public Safety Department (PSD) located at 3808 Winters Rd (Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm).
- Bring your completed Access Control Media Application. Make sure your supervisor/leaser has signed the application, without this signature your application cannot be processed.
- If your supervisor wants you to receive escorting privileges, you will need to have the Escort Procedures Form completed. This must also be signed by your supervisor.
- Bring two forms of identification. For a full list of acceptable documentation review the TSA approved document list.
- Step 3 - Second trip to the Public Safety Department located at 3808 Winters Rd (Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm). You will be notified by PSD or your supervisor when your application process has reached step 3.
- NON-SIDA badge applicants- your badge will be printed upon your arrival.
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- SIDA badge applicants- you will have to complete the SIDA training and successfully pass a test. This process can take up to an hour, so please plan accordingly.
- If you’ll be operating or escorting vehicles and/or equipment, please read the “Driver’s Testing” section below for additional required steps
For Supervisors/Tenants - PSD must have an updated copy of your organization's Authorized Signatory/s. If you are needing to add an individual or update your current signatories, fill out the Authorized Signatory Form and return to PSD.
All badged individuals who intend to operate or escort vehicles and/or equipment in the Airport Operations Area must receive Driving Privileges from the Airport prior to doing so.
To receive Driving Privileges, you must:
- Possess a valid State issued driver’s license
- Possess a valid Airport issued ID Badge
- Undergo driver training with your employer
- Thoroughly read and review the applicable Movement or Non-Movement Driver’s Training Manual
- Pass the Airport Driver’s Test with a score of 90% or greater
Additionally, all drivers are required to take a recurrent Driver’s Test annually and score 90% or greater to maintain their Driving Privileges. Company supervisors will be contacted by the Airport Operations Department when employees are due for testing. Any driver that fails to take or pass the recurrent Driver Test within the month due will have their badge deactivated.
Testing is only available during times listed on the Driver Testing Calendar. These times are "walk-in" style; appointments are not required or held. Hours are subject to change.
- Step 1 - Visit the Airport Operations Office
- 3801 W. Ferguson Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809. The Airport Operations Office is located inside the Terminal between the TSA Checkpoint and Baggage Claim.
- All persons must bring a valid State issued driver’s license and their valid Airport issued ID Badge with them to the testing appointment or the test will be denied.
- Step 2 - Pass the Airport Driver’s Test with a score of 90% or greater
- Persons needing non-movement privileges will take the non-movement test
- Persons needing movement privileges will take the movement test
- Step 3 - (Movement Drivers Only) Pass the Movement Area Driving Practical Test ("ride along") through actual demonstration of testing knowledge
- This portion can be expected to take 30-60 minutes depending performance
- This step may be required to be conducted on a future date depending on the Driver Testing Calendar availability.
After completion of successful testing employees will be granted their driver privileges endorsement sticker and may exercise their driver privileges.
- Case-by-case testing accommodations can be requested here for exceedingly rare circumstances.
- Movement Area Driver Training Manual
- Non-Movement Area Drivers Training Manual