Airport Access Requirements


In the coming weeks the Helena Regional Airport will begin a project to upgrade the perimeter access to the Airport. Airport users with I.D. cards and access media will be provided new credentials upon completion of this project. To distribute the large amount of cards the Airport Administration is having a number of special badging hours and events.

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. Vetter Aviation – MPA, EAA & Sleeping Giant Flying Club Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, September 18, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Airport Administration Extended Badging Office Hours
  • Sunday, September 13, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Airport Administration Special Badging Office Hours


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 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

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 Airport ID Application Forms

 SIDA ID Application Forms