The process still requires a background check and your fingerprints. The “anticipated” enrollment fee is $85 for five years of eligibility. The benefits to travelers: the ability to keep your shoes, belt and light coat on through the security checkpoint, keep your laptop in its bag, and your liquids in a 3-1-1 bag in your carry-on.
Starting later in 2013, U.S. citizens will be able to apply online and visit an enrollment site to provide the identification and fingerprints. The program will start at two enrollment sites — Washington Dulles and Indianapolis airport — with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.
As a reminder: There is no guarantee a registered traveler will always be approved to go through a PreCheck lane. When your boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, you’ll be directed to the PreCheck lane if approved. As the TSA puts it in its release: “TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.”
More info is available in the TSA news release.