What is clear, and how does it work?
As an expedited security program, Clear allows you to bypass the two-step Transportation Security Administration security process at domestic airports by completing the identity verification step with biometric authentication (ie using your personal biometrics such as fingerprints) in a separate lane. Dedicated to clear users only.
After successfully verifying your identity with a fingerprint or an iris scan at a Clear kiosk, a Clear representative will direct you to the TSA security screening line — either the TSA PreCheck line or the standard TSA line.
As of December, travelers can use Clear at 54 airports nationally, as well as at stadiums and other large venues.
Who can sign up for CLEAR?
To sign up for CLEAR, you must meet three qualifications:
- Be a US citizen or legal permanent resident
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Have one of the following forms of photo identification: US driver’s license, US passport, US passport card, US-issued permanent resident card, state-issued ID or US military ID
Travelers under the age of 18, as well as family members, can use Clear Line for free when accompanied by a Clear Member.
Once you’re a Clear member, you can log into your account on Clear’s website and add up to three family members for $99 per year.
How to sign up for CLEAR
To sign up for CLEAR, you can either start the enrollment process online and finish in a clear location, or you can complete the entire process in a clear location. Either way, users must complete the final enrollment steps in person in a clean location.
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The sign up and enrollment process will take only a few minutes. In person, you will be asked to verify your identity, attach your biometrics and show a valid photo ID.
Additionally, you will be asked to enter your name, email address and payment information for the $189 enrollment fee.
Ways to save in clear
New users can get a free two-month trial of Clear using this link. Clear members can also refer friends for two months.
Additionally, some credit cards offer free CLEAR memberships as a benefit to cardholders. The following cards will pay you up to $189 per year in Clear Plus membership costs:
American Express Green and Centurion Card information is independently collected by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Although not free, select United Airlines and Delta Air Lines credit cardholders, along with their frequent flyer and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members, can get Clear at a discounted rate.
Delta Diamond Medallion members and United Premier 1K members can get Clear for free.
Delta Platinum Medallion, Gold Medallion and Silver Medallion members, plus United Premier Platinum, Premier Gold and Premier Silver members, can pay rates as low as $149.
All other Delta SkyMiles, United MileagePlus and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members receive a discounted membership of $179.
Holders of the following Delta and United cobranded credit cards (US only) can sign up for Clear for $149 using their cards:
Clear can save you time and a lot of frustration when going through security — not just at airports, but at other major locations in the United States
The sign-up process is simple and beneficial, especially when using the right credit card can get you free.