I'm trying to determine whether foreigners (tourists etc, not resident) are required to show their foreign passport as ID when checking in and going through TSA checks when flying domestic within the USA, even if they hold US issued ID such as Trusted-Traveler cards (SENTRI, Global Entry, etc).
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) checkpoints will require all foreign nationals to show a valid passport when traveling domestically.
However this TSA page says that Trusted Traveler cards are acceptable (and doesn't appear to limit that to US citizens/residents etc.)
Adult passengers 18 and older must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) Beginning May 3, 2023, if you plan to use your state-issued ID or license to fly within the U.S., make sure it is REAL ID compliant. If you are not sure if your ID complies with REAL ID, check with your state department of motor vehicles.
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Permanent resident card
- Border crossing card
- State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License
- An acceptable photo ID issued by a federally recognized, Tribal Nation/Indian Tribe HSPD-12 PIV card
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
- Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
As a foreigner, can I use a US issued ID such as a Trusted Traveler card to fly domestic within the US? My uncertainty is whether the TSA page is primarily referring to US citizen travelers (without specifically saying so) as I have mostly heard that I need to use a passport (such as the first website, and others I have seen over time, says)
I am aware that I will still need to carry my passport with me, but feel it would be easier to just pull out my SENTRI card with my boarding pass and leaving my passport safe and secure with my other valuables in my carry-on.