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Badging Guide

Badging Guide

The following information is a general overview of Eastern Iowa Airport’s policies and procedures regarding issuance of Airport Identification Badges. It is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirement that companies identify (in writing) individuals who have been authorized to sign badge request forms and authenticate supporting documentation for their employees. The information provided herein is not all-inclusive, but should be sufficient to assist you through the fingerprinting and badging process at CID.

Due to rapid changes in the airport security environment, these policies and procedures are subject to change without notice. Should you have any questions, please contact the Airport Public Safety department at (319) 731-5722 or at

The badging office is located at the Public Safety Facility. The building address is 3020 Lippisch Place SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. From the main entrance, take your first right on Lippisch Place. Proceed to the end and the building will be on your right. Proceed through both sets of doors.
Please schedule a time before you arrive at the airport.

New Badges

Badges authorizing unescorted access authority to the SIDA or Sterile area are only issued at the request of the company’s authorized signatory, and only for those individuals who have an operational need to access a restricted area. The airport has sole discretion to grant/deny unescorted access authority to any individual or restricted area. Badges granting unescorted access to the SIDA and Sterile area will only be issued upon the successful completion of a CHRC and STA.

Badge Renewal

Badge renewal is conducted solely online. It is the responsibility of the badge holder to monitor the expiration date on their badge. An updated badge application must be completed, and a government issued photo ID and work authorization (See list of acceptable documents – Attachment A) as well as the Certificate of Completion printed from the SSI online portal.

Expired Badges

Any badge that has not been renewed prior to the date listed on the badge is automatically deactivated by the access control system. An expired badge no longer authorizes an individual unescorted access authority to the SIDA, AOA, or Sterile Area. Expired badges must be returned to the Public Safety Department. Individuals with SIDA or Sterile access whose badge has been expired for more than 30 days are required to submit to a new fingerprint based CHRC and STA. Companies are encouraged to routinely review employee badge expiration dates and process badge renewals in a timely fashion. Managers and those who of have signatory authority have access to their employee course records and expiration dates.

Lost Badges

Lost badges must be reported to the Public Safety department immediately. Lost or stolen badges can be reported by calling Public Safety at (319) 731-5722. Lost, stolen, or unaccounted for badges will incur a lost fee of $50 prior to issuance of the first replacement badge. The second replacement badge is $70 and no badges will be re-issued after the third lost badge. A new badge application must be fully completed and a letter stating the badge was lost must be received prior to the issuance of a replacement badge.

SIDA Badges

In compliance with 49 CFR, Part 1542, all employees must have the proper security and identification credentials to work on airport properties. To begin the badge application process, download and complete the Badge Application, and contact the Public Safety Department to schedule a fingerprint appointment. Drop-in appointments are not allowed. Please call Public Safety to schedule your appointment. After a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and a Security Threat Assessment (STA) have been completed, badge applicants will be granted online access to Security and Driver’s training.

General Aviation (AOA) Badges

General aviation users requiring regular access to the Airport Operations Area (AOA) must have a CID issued AOA badge. To begin the badge application process, download and complete the Badge Application and bring in two forms identification to the Public Safety Department office.  This will be used to complete a Security Threat Assessment (STA). The results may take a few business days to return and once the Public Safety Department has received the results they will notify you.  At this time you will be granted online access to take the SIDA class. Appointments are required for scheduling purposes.

Separation of Employment – Change in Access Authority

CID maintains a lock and key system for some terminal doors and some perimeter access gates. Please contact the Public Safety Department at (319) 731-5722 for additional information.

Badging Fees

The following rates have been established for the issuance of security identification badges as may be amended by the Rules and Regulation Attachment A.
  • Badging Fee $60.00
  • Fingerprinting $25.00
  • AOA Badge Fee $10.00
  • Badge Renewal $10.00
  • 1st Lost Badge Fee $50.00
  • 2nd Lost Badge Fee $75.00
  • 3rd Lost Badge Fee $100.00
  • Unreturned Badge Fee $200.00 (charged to the company).
(All fees payable by cash or check only prior to fingerprinting, unless other arrangements are in writing with the airport finance department.)

Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Check

Fingerprinting is performed and processed according to the provisions of the Transportation Security Regulation, Part 1542.209, and is necessary to obtain a CHRC for SIDA/Sterile Area applications. Fingerprinting is available by appointment only. The applicant must arrive with a completed “Fingerprint application” along with the authorizing signature, a signed copy of the Privacy Act Notice and a government issued photo ID and work authorization documentation (refer to list of acceptable documents – Attachment A). The fingerprinting process will not be initiated unless the identity of the applicant is confirmed by reviewing the documents presented. Fingerprinting is processed electronically. The applicant will be required to wash his/her hands prior to taking the fingerprints. All results will be forwarded directly to the Public Safety badging office.

Security Threat Assessment

In addition to a CHRC, information provided on the badge application will be sent to the TSA in order to complete a STA. Applicants will not be allowed to attend SIDA training until the Public Safety Department has received confirmation that the applicant has successfully completed and passed both the CHRC and STA processes. Employers can verify the status of an applicant’s CHRC and STA by calling the Airport Public Safety Department at (319) 731-5722.


The Public Safety Department periodically conducts audits of airport issued identification badges and access control media. These audits require the participation of companies to be accurate. When asked to participate in a badge audit, it is important to return documents in a timely manner for completion of the audit.

Signatory Authority

Signatory Authority is granted to company representatives who are authorized to request the issuance of CID identification badges for their employees. Signatory authority holders are company supervisory personnel who are entrusted to verify employment background and work authorization documents. The number of signatory authority holders for each company varies, but is limited to a minimum. Requests to amend signatory authority must be made in writing by company management on company letterhead. Prior to becoming a signatory authority holder, the applicant must submit to, and successfully complete, a criminal history records check (CHRC) and security threat assessment (STA). Signatory authority holders also must complete the CID SIDA Training and signatory authority training (see below). A file is maintained by the airport to verify signatures of the authorized signatory holders on all submitted badging applications.

Signatory Authority Training

Individuals designated as authorized signatories must receive initial authorized signatory training, as well as annual recurrent training. Training also requires the annual submission of written authorization from company management. The authorization must be on company letterhead and signed by company management.

Signatory Authority Responsibilities

  • Notify Public Safety immediately of lost badges or changes in employee employment status
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of employee applications
  • Follow up on application problems that may arise
  • Timely response to airport badge audits
  • Verify all employment documents match the applicant and are not fraudulent
  • Requesting the level of access and driving authority needed for each employee

Familiar with:

  • Airport policies regarding the badging process and required appointments
  • Badging forms
  • AOA, SIDA, escort, and driver’s training requirements
  • Acceptable forms of identification and work authorization (list of acceptable documents – Attachment A)
  • Pertinent airport security information


SIDA Training

SIDA training is required under TSR 1542.213 for all individuals who have unescorted access to authority to the SIDA. The training consists of comprehensive course material in an online platform. A certificate of completion shall be printed prior to receiving a badge.

Customer Service Training

Customer service training is required for badge employees in the terminal. Customer service training is incorporated into the online SIDA training course. Please contact Customer Service staff at the information desk for more information or questions at or (319) 362-8336.

Drivers Training

Non-Movement Area
Individuals who are authorized by their company to drive on the non-movement area (perimeter roads and aircraft parking ramps) must undergo CID non-movement area driver’s training in addition to driver’s training provided by their company. The individual must present a valid state issued driver’s license before the training will be provided. Upon completion of the training, the individual must successfully complete a test. Individuals who do not pass the test will not be granted driving privileges and will be required to re-test. The airport has sole discretion for the decision to grant/deny airside-driving privileges.

Movement Area
Movement area authorization is restricted to airport, FAA and selected contract personnel with a demonstrated operational need for unescorted access to the movement area. Movement area training consists of an online exam and comprehensive practical test. Please contact the Public Safety department for more information.