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I was accused of a felony crime 7 years ago and all charges

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i was accused of a felony crime 7 years ago and all charges were dropped. Does this disqualify me?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: TSA
Expert:  TSA*Expert replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome!

Were you arrested and then all charges were dropped and you were never convicted? If you are looking to apply for the GOES program (typically for international travelers) or the TSA Precheck program (GOES costs $15 more for the application fee and includes Precheck status, if approved, as well), you must disclose any arrests within the last 10 years, even if the charges were dropped (you would need proof of the charges being dropped) when you fill out the application and when you're interviewed in person, and it may not mean an 'automatic' disqualification, but it's up to the TSA interviewer and your criminal background check, when you would be approved for the program(s) or not.

Please keep in mind that:

  • Some of the surprising causes for denial include being arrested (even if you were not convicted) in the last 10 years, DUI’s, or even trouble with the law that your spouse may have gotten into all the way before you even met them so if you’ve got anything tainted on your record, the interview may be the best time to clear the air. Basically, if you’ve ever run into trouble with the law, you may be denied. It actually makes sense, though, because Global Entry is supposed to be for “Trusted Travelers” so they likely don’t want to take any risks here.
  • If you are denied, you can try to appeal (no guarantees though) to the CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman.

(this information is from the following site: CLICK)

You never know, unless you try, but keep in mind that the application fee ($100 for GOES and $85 for TSA Precheck) are non-refundable.

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Expert:  Aviation Expert replied 1 year ago.

Hi

If the charges were dropped you should have no issues with applying and being able to get approval for tsa precheck.

https://www.tsa.gov/Disqualifying-Offenses-Factors

But no there should be no issues since charges were dropped so you were not found guilty of a felony.

Expert:  Aviation Expert replied 1 year ago.

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