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Airport Identification Card Process

 

Two types of identification cards (SIDA and AOA) are issued to gain access to restricted areas. The process to obtain them is the same, except that SIDA cards require an additional fingerprint record background check. For more information on card types, call the Airport Administration office at 406-257-5994 ext. 317.

 

First Time Applicant Process

 

  1. Complete an identification card application. Applications are available at the Airport Administration office or may be emailed.
  2. Submit application in person along with the following:
    1. Identification (must be original documents, photo copies not allowed)
      • Passport or
      • Driver's license and Social Security Card or Birth Certificate
      • Other documents acceptable as listed on Form I-9, Page 5
    2. Check or money order made payable to FMAA for badge fees (see table below)
    3. Card type New Issue
      AOA badge (gate card) $14
      SIDA badge $44
      SIDA badge (no fingerprinting) $14
      Employee parking lot card $9
      Lanyard $1
      Vinyl Pouch $1
    4. Current vehicle insurance cards for all vehicles to be operated on the AOA (AOA cards only)
  3. Information is submitted to the Department of Homeland Security for review. Also, a fingerprint record is obtained (SIDA card only) and sent for a background check. Reviews and background checks normally take three to four business days to complete. The Airport Authority will contact you when results are received. DHS reviews are valid for 30 days.
  4. Contact the Airport Administration office at 406-257-5994 ext. 317 to schedule an appointment to take the computer based training classes; classes are 45 minutes for AOA cards, 1.5 hours for SIDA cards. Classes must be scheduled within 30 days of approved DHS review; if not, the review will need to be resubmitted.
  5. Upon successful completion of classes, a photo is taken and the identification card is issued.

 

Renewal Process:

 

  • Identification cards expire every year and can be renewed up to 30 days before expiration or up to 180 days after expiration. If an identification card has been expired for 181 days or more, the cardholder must reapply for a new card.
  • Recurrent computer based training is required every year. Call the Airport Administration office at 406-257-5994 ext. 317 to schedule an appointment to take the training.
  • When attending the training, please bring the following:
    • Current identification documents (if expired within previous year)
    • Current vehicle insurance cards for all vehicles to be operated on the AOA (AOA cards only)
    • Check or money order made out to FMAA for badge fees (see table below)
      Card type Renewal
      AOA badge (gate card) $10
      SIDA badge $10
      Employee parking lot card $9
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