Airport Badging

Airport ID Badging and Fingerprinting

Willard Airport is required by federal regulation to issue identification badges to airport employees and contractors whose job responsibilities require them to have access to secured areas of the airport.

All individuals applying for an Airport Operations Area (AOA), Security Identification Display Area (SIDA), or Sterile Area ID Badge must undergo a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Threat Assessment (STA) as part of the Badge issuance. The airport will not issue an airport ID Badge until the TSA has completed an STA on the applicant.

In addition to the STA, all individuals applying for an airport ID Badge for SIDA or Sterile Areas must undergo an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check. The airport will deny issuance of the airport ID Badge to any employee who is currently being charged with or is convicted of one of the TSA disqualifying criminal offenses (listed on the Willard Airport badge application) within the last ten years. The airport reserves the right to deny issuance to any badge applicant based on their criminal history.

Badge Application

All ID Badge applicants must complete the Willard Airport badge application form. This form must be printed, signed, and turned into the Airport Administration Office. Digital signatures are not permitted, all documents must be original and not photocopied.

Acceptable Forms of Identification for Airport Badging

All ID Badge applicants must present, in person, two (2) forms of identification or documentation when applying for or renewing an airport ID Badge. The documents must be original, no photocopies will be accepted. The documentation must be able to verify the applicant’s identity as well as employment eligibility within the United States. For your reference, we have provided a list of acceptable identification documents below. Photocopies will not be accepted, all documents must be original.

List of acceptable forms of identification

Scheduling Appointments

Badge applicants should note that the badging process requires two (2) separate visits to Airport Administration. At the first visit, you will submit your acceptable IDs, badge application, and undergo fingerprinting as required. At the second visit, you will undergo any required training, testing, and receive your Airport ID Badge. To expedite the badge application/renewal process, applicants are encouraged to complete the badge application before coming to the Airport Administration Office.

Individuals who have a current ID Badge must renew their Badge before the expiration date. For your convenience, you may renew your ID Badge up to 30 (thirty) days in advance of the expiration date.

If possible, please call 217-244-8604 in advance or email willard-airport@illinois.edu to schedue an appointment.