TSA Expands Acceptance of Digital IDs to 27 Airports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased the number of airports accepting digital IDs to pass through security. As digital identification becomes more mainstream, this is a great option for travelers. If you’ve ever used CLEAR you know the convenience of not having to fumble with your wallet and phone while going through security.

Security Checkpoint at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is the newest addition to the TSA’s Digital ID Program

Using a Digital ID

In order to use an eligible digital ID at one of the participating airports add your state-issued eligible driver’s license or identification card to your phone using a TSA-approved digital ID app or to your digital wallet. Louisiana’s digital ID app already has a location to ‘Share mDL with TSA’.

a screenshot of a phone
Louisiana’s LA Wallet App Includes a Special Tab for TSA Use

Once you’re at the airport, the TSA provides the following instructions:

  • Scan your Digital ID QR code or tap your mobile device on the digital ID reader.
  • A message on your mobile device will ask you to consent to share your digital ID information with TSA.
  • Once you consent, the camera will take your picture.
  • Follow the officer’s instructions.

It is worth noting that images and personal data are deleted after each transaction. For more details on using digital IDs, refer to the Transportation Security Administration website.

Airports Accepting Digital IDs

As I mentioned above, 27 airports across 22 states and territories are now accepting digital identification to pass through TSA security checkpoints. Listed by state, these airports are:

  • Arizona
    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • California
    • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
    • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Colorado
    • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Florida
    • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Georgia
    • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Hawaii
    • Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Illinois
    • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Iowa
    • Des Moines International Airport (DSM)
    • Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)
  • Kentucky
    • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Louisiana
    • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Michigan
    • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT)
    • Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN)
  • Nevada
    • Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
  • New York
    • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
    • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
    • Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)
  • Puerto Rico
    • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • Tennessee
    • Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Texas
    • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Virginia
    • Richmond International Airport (RIC)
    • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Mineta San Jose International Airport Interior
San Jose International Airport is one of the 27 around the country participating in the digital ID program.


The TSA has expanded acceptance of digital identification to more airports around the country. This should create a smoother travel experience for travelers when departing from these airports. Has anybody used a digital ID to travel recently? If so, what was your experience?

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