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, please schedule an appointment with the Airport Public Safety Department by calling:
406-442-2821 Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
406-439-2821 After Hours and Weekends
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 Public Safety Department 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 Public Safety Officer - a list of acceptable documents is available by clicking on
Once the application has been submitted, it typically takes 2-4 days to receive clearance from TSA.
STEP 2 - The Airport Public Safety Department will contact you when the results have been returned and will schedule an appointment for issuing your ID badge. You will be required to view a 20-minute training video describing your ID-badge responsibilities and procedures for entering/using the Airport. A photo ID will be produced and issued to you, along with a gate card to allow you access to the Airport. Fees for these services are as follows:
ID Fee Schedule
SIDA Area ID Badge (airline terminal and ramp): $50.00
Non-SIDA ID Badge (general aviation): $20.00
ID Renewals (required every 2 years): $20.00
Gate Cards: $10.00
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.