Airport Access Requirements


All tenants and regular users of the Helena Regional Airport are required to obtain an Airport-issued identification badge and access media (gate card) in order to access the Airport without being escorted.  To apply for an Airport ID badge and gate card, go to the Helena Regional Airport Administration Office, 2nd floor of the Terminal, during the following hours (holidays excepted):

MONDAYS:  10 am – 1 pm

WEDNESDAYS:  1 pm – 3 pm

FRIDAYS:  10 am – 1 pm

Please call 406-442-2821 if you need additional information.

Transient Pilots

Transient pilots are not required to obtain Airport ID’s.  If you leave the Airport, you must re-enter the Airport Operations Area through the FBO or aviation business where you park your aircraft.

Airport ID Process

Obtaining a Helena Regional Airport identification badge and gate card is a two-step process:

STEP 1 –  Contact the Airport Administration Office to complete an application form, parts of which are provided to TSA.  TSA performs a Security Threat Assessment to determine if you are eligible to receive an Airport identification badge.   You are required to show appropriate identification media to the Badging Officer — a list of acceptable documents is available by clicking on

Acceptable ID Documents.

Once the application has been submitted, it typically takes 2-4 days to receive clearance from TSA. 

STEP 2 –  You will be notified when the results have been returned and you can come in to have your ID badge issued.   You will be required to view a PowerPoint presentation describing your ID-badge responsibilities and procedures for entering/using the Airport.  A photo ID/access card will be produced and issued to you.  Fees for these services are as follows:

ID Fee Schedule

SIDA Area ID Badge (airline terminal and ramp):  $50.00

SIDA Area Renewals – $20 if fingerprints are on file; $35 if we must obtain your fingerprints.

Non-SIDA ID Badge (general aviation):  $20.00

Non-SIDA Renewals (required every 2 years):  $20.00

Reactivation Fee (required when a badge is not renewed within the correct timeframe):  $25.00

ID Application Forms

ID application forms are available for download – click on the appropriate link below to download the application you require.  Non-SIDA ID’s are for general aviation pilots or anyone who is not working in the terminal area. SIDA (Securty Identification Display Area) ID’s are for those whose job require they be unescorted in the airline terminal area.  

Non-SIDA Application Forms

SIDA Application Forms