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):

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays: by PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) 

Please call (406)442-2821 or email: [email protected] to schedule an appointment or 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 and finger prints if applicable. 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 — click here for a list of acceptable documents

Once the application has been submitted, it takes 2-14 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): $60
  • SIDA Area Renewals -$60
  • Non-SIDA ID Badge (general aviation): $25
  • Non-SIDA Renewals (required every 2 years): $25
  • Reactivation Fee (required when a badge is not renewed within the correct time frame): $25

ID Application Forms

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