Airport Security Badging and AOA Permits

Palm Springs International Airport is dedicated to the safety and security of all operations, landside and airside. In order to ensure this, procedures have been established for gaining access by person or vehicle to the restricted areas of the airport. The following document will guide you through the various access levels and required procedures to obtain clearances to these restricted areas.

Links to Required Documents


Sterile Area

The sterile area is defined as the space beyond the security screening checkpoint. Only persons holding a valid boarding pass / ticket, Sterile Area Worker (SAW), or a SIDA identification badge may proceed into this area after being screened. 


The Security Identification Display Area is where you must display your proper identification badge in an easily viewable area above the waist. The SIDA area requires “challenge” procedures. These challenge procedures are used by ALL employees to assure that anyone in this area is wearing and displaying their appropriate ID badge.


Restricted areas on the airport periphery encompassing the Fixed Base Operators,  the Air Traffic Control Tower and US Customs, where Non-SIDA identification is required.

AOA Vehicle Permit

A permanent sticker or temporary placard affixed to a vehicle authorizing access to the restricted areas of the airport.

Airport Identification Badge

An airport issued badge allowing access to certain restricted areas of the Airport. The Airport Identification Badge may be one of the following: SIDA, Non-SIDA, or SAW.

Authorized Signatory Letter

A letter, generated on company letterhead, establishing those company representatives approved to request badges and permits on behalf of the company.

Procedures to Obtain an Airport Identification Badge

1 – Authorized Signatory Letter:

Companies requesting Airport Identification Badges must have an “Authorized Signatory Letter” on file with the airport.  There should be at least one individual, in a management or supervisory capacity only,  authorized to request ID badges for the company.  A sample “Authorized Signatory Letter” is available in PDF format from the link above. Please submit your original letter on company letterhead with original signatures.

2 – Fingerprint/Badge Application:

All persons requiring access to restricted areas of Palm Springs International Airport must first complete a Fingerprint / Badge Application form, available above. Completed Fingerprint/Badge Applications must be signed off by an authorized signatory from the letter above (Item #1). The bottom of the second page of the badge application allows the authorized signer to verify the individual, to approve the processing of fingerprints (for SIDA and SAW applicants) and identification badge, and to guarantee payment by his/her company of all fees associated with the fingerprint / badging process.

3 – Fingerprint-based “Criminal History Records Check” (CHRC) and TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA):

Fingerprint appointments can be scheduled by calling (760) 318 3830 or e-mailing [email protected].  The fingerprinting and badging process requires the presentation of:

  • A completed Fingerprint / Badge Application, and
  • Two (2) forms of unexpired “Government Issued” identification, with at least one of them bearing the applicant’s photograph.

Some acceptable forms of government issued identification are: State Driver’s License, State Identification Card, Social Security Card, Immigration & Naturalization Identification, Birth Certificate, Passport.

After fingerprints are taken, a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA) are conducted and the results will usually be reported to the applicant within two (2) weeks. If the fingerprints results do not indicate anything disqualifying, you may move to the next step: training.

4 – Mandatory Training:

Each applicant is then required to attend training.  Appointments to attend the training can be made by calling (760) 318 3830 or e-mailing [email protected].

Upon successful completion of the training class, the individual will be issued an Airport Identification Badge.

Fingerprinting and Badge Fees

Fingerprinting and badging fees are normally billed to the permanent tenant; however, fees can be paid immediately upon service or issuance. The Airport reserves the right to require payment immediately.  Immediate payments may be made in the form of cash or a check made payable to the “City of Palm Springs.”  Renewal fees are the responsibility of the applicant, and said fees will be required prior to revalidation of the identification badge.


Fingerprinting Fee   $50.00       N/A            N/A          N/A
SIDA / Secured Area Badges   $50.00    $30.00*          $75.00       $30.00**
Non-SIDA / Secured Area Badges   $50.00    $30.00*          $75.00       $30.00**
Sterile Area Badges   $50.00    $30.00*          $75.00          N/A


*The $30.00 renewal fee is waived if the badge is renewed on or before its expiration date.

**Applicants must currently possess a permanent valid badge of the same type.

Procedures to Obtain an AOA Vehicle Permit

The Airport requires a separate “Authorized Signatory Letter” for each company requesting Vehicle AOA permits. The letter must designate at least one individual in a management or supervisory capacity authorized to request AOA vehicle permits. A sample of this letter is available in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet above. Please submit your letter with original signatures. Two types of permits are available:

1. Permanent (or temporary) AOA Vehicle Permit:

This permit is for company vehicles operated on the AOA on a regular basis. This AOA Vehicle Permit request form must be resubmitted each year, or sooner if there are changes or new vehicles are added.  More than one vehicle may be listed with each request, and the form will require the following information: Vehicle make, vehicle type, color, year, and license number. A sample form is available  in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet above.

2. Escort Required AOA Vehicle Permit:

Each tenant has the ability to request “Escort Required” AOA Vehicle Permits (placards) for vehicles needing temporary access inside the restricted area. The tenant MUST escort the vehicle at all times with a properly badged PSP employee and the tenants’ owned/operated escort vehicle must display a permanent AOA permit.

All vehicle permit fees must be paid at the time of issuance, and fee information can be found in the AOA Vehicle Permit Packet.

All Ground Transportation providers must be permitted and authorized to conduct business at Palm Springs International Airport.

Commercial Vehicle Use Agreement 2020

Greeters Permit Application 2020

Commercial Activity Packet

Off Airport Rental Car Activity Packet

Fee Schedule 2019 – 2020

Airport’s General Provisions, Rules and Regulations and Minimum Operating Standards (Ordinance No. 1693)

Forms of payment accepted are cash, check or money order made out to the City of Palm Springs, Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card.

Completed documentation and payments for Commercial Vehicle Use Agreements and Greeters Permits should be remitted at the Vehicle Inspection Plaza building located at the entrance of the airport.  The VIP is currently open from 06:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Parking is available in back of the building by entering through the Cargo lane on Kirk Douglas Way. The e-mail address is [email protected], the phone number (760) 318-3830. The mailing address is Palm Springs International Airport, 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way – Ste 1 – Palm Springs, CA 92262.

For all other permits, please follow the procedures and remittance instructions provided on the form.

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Palm Springs International Airport. Information and related business documents may be obtained from the airport administration office by calling (760) 318-3800.

Open Bids and Proposals

If you would like to view open bids and proposals at Palm Springs International Airport, or if you wish to register as a vendor with the City of Palm Springs, please visit the City of Palm Springs Procurement and Contracting Department through this link or call (760) 323-8236.

Disadvantaged Business Program

For any information regarding the Palm Springs International Airport’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program please e-mail [email protected], Airport Administration Manager.

Airport Concession ACDBE Program – Objectives and Policy Statement

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 2018-2020 Goal = 6.6%

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Non-Discrimination Policy

Palm Springs International Airport is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in the conduct of its business, including its Title VI responsibilities, and to the delivery of equitable and accessible airport services. As the owner of this airport, the City of Palm Springs recognizes its responsibilities to the community in which it operates and to the society it serves.

It is the policy of the City of Palm Springs that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the receipt of its services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, creed, or religion, or any other federally protected category as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  If you believe that you have been excluded, denied benefits, or subjected to discrimination, you may file a complaint with the City of Palm Springs Aviation Department within 180 days of the alleged discrimination.

Complaint Process

The Aviation Department has established, pursuant to Title VI of  the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the following process to be used by persons who allege a violation.  Individuals are not required by federal regulations to use this process, but may instead file complaints directly with the appropriate outside agency such as the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Federal Aviation Administration.

A complaint can be filed via e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to:

Palm Springs International Airport, 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 1, Palm Springs CA. 92260

When filing a complaint, submit as much information as possible concerning the alleged violation.  The complaint should include, at a minimum, the following information:

  • Name, address and daytime phone number.
  • Basis for complaint (i.e. race, color, national origin, etc.).
  • Description of the incident that led the complainant to feel that discrimination was a factor (e.g. denial of access to services, programs or benefits, etc.).
  • Date(s) and time(s) the action(s) in question occurred.
  • The name of the person or company believed responsible for the discrimination.
  • Names and daytime phone numbers of any witnesses to the alleged discriminatory action.
  • If you have filed a complaint with any other federal, state or local agency, please note the agency name.
  • A detailed explanation of the events that you believe to be discriminatory.

The Aviation Department will assure that all complaints are promptly investigated and will prepare a final report.  This report will describe the complaint, the investigation, the findings, recommendation(s), and any corrective action(s).  The report will be forwarded to the complainant and the FAA.  The investigation and preparation of the final report should take no longer than 90 days.  The Aviation Department can be reached at (760) 318 3800.


  • Lamar Advertising – (775) 232-0910

ATMS (3 Locations):

  • MobileMoney – (888) 414-6866


  • Ready Credit – (800) 506-0630


  • Anton / HMS Host – (760) 322-3223
    • Celebrity Bistro (Center Terminal and Beyond Security Checkpoint)
    • Starbucks (Center Terminal and Beyond Security Checkpoint)
    • 12th Fairway Bar & Grill (Bono Concourse)
    • California Vintages Wine Bar (Courtyard beyond Security Checkpoint)
    • Tap Room (Regional Concourse)


  • ABM Aviation – (760) 327-6706


  • The Paradies-Lagardere Shops – (760) 778-6245 (Center Terminal and Bono Concourse):
    • Desert News (Center Terminal and Bono Concourse)
    • Desert Mart (Bono Concourse)
    • Desert Marketplace (Bono Concourse)
    • PGA Tour Shop (Bono Concourse)
    • CNBC (Regional Concourse)


  • Sierra Aviation – (760) 778-2845


  • Atlantic Aviation – (760) 320-7704
  • Signature Flight Support – (760) 327-1201

Palm Springs International Airport is proud to be home to California’s most successful new iHub Business Park. If you are interested in learning more about this entrepreneurial business startup program, which is already serving over a dozen companies, please use the following link for more information:

If the iHub is not for your plans, then Palm Springs International Airport has a variety of available existing facilities and vacant shovel-ready land for both aviation and non-aviation development. We invite you to contact us and discuss development opportunities. All inquiries are handled with strict confidentiality.

Please contact the Airport’s Acting Executive Director directly at (760) 318-3807, or by email at [email protected].

Palm Springs International Airport is the only commercial airport serving the Coachella Valley and is a fully certificated FAA Part 139 Airport providing FAA ATC, 24-hour airport security, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services, and a large array of high caliber services. The airport serves about 2 million passengers a year originating from and destined for over 500 cities worldwide.

In addition to the commercial airline aspect of the operation, there is a thriving aviation and corporate aircraft community with both transient and based operations including two renowned Fixed Based Operators: Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support. These two FBOs offer a variety of services including rental and ownership opportunities for temporary and long-term aircraft storage and many other services. The on-call  US Customs office on the airport serves both FBOs and makes PSP a convenient airport for private international aircraft arrivals.

If you are interested in basing your aircraft at PSP Airport, it would be our pleasure to have you become a tenant.  We recommend that you first investigate the opportunities with the two FBOs because each manages sizeable properties on the airport. If neither FBO is conducive to your private aircraft plans, we have property that is reserved for new aviation development both for long- and short-term arrangements. An overview map of the available PSP Airport properties is available from the link below.  We encourage you to contact the Airport’s Acting Executive Director at his direct number, (760) 318-3807, to discuss your interest confidentially and learn more about all PSP Airport has to offer. Thank you.

PSP Aviation Properties Map

Palm Springs International Airport serves a record breaking two million passengers each year.  There is no better advertising venue in the Coachella Valley that provides access to such a large and captive audience, with a wide array of business advertising opportunities.

The program is owned by the airport and managed under contract with the specialty firm of LAMAR.

To find out about available locations and rates, schedule a site visit by contacting 1-855-LAMARAD or visit LAMAR.COM

Thank you for your support!

The City of Palm Springs requires that any person engaged in the business or activity of filming, video taping or otherwise producing motion pictures or still photography for television or public exhibition at any place within the city, other than at or in an established motion picture, television or photography studio, must first obtain a motion picture or still photography permit from the City’s film permit officer through the Parks and Recreation department. Please call (760) 323-8265 for assistance.

Additionally, all commercial filming/photography projects shot at Palm Springs International Airport are subject to review by the Director of Aviation and in certain cases the Transportation Security Administration. Insurance documents naming Palm Springs International Airport as an additional insured must be submitted at the time of application.

Location Fees at Palm Springs International Airport include:

  • Commercial Filming – $279 per hour plus escort fee
  • Commercial Photography – $166 per hour plus escort fee
  • Escort Fee – $66 per hour per escort

NOTE: Passenger traffic varies by month and season at PSP, October through April being the busiest of these months. Commercial filming and photography may be limited or restricted during these months, especially January through April.

Operating a Drone

Safety Guidelines

The proper operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is critical to the safety of both commercial and general aviation aircraft operating at Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).  All UAS operators and owners are required to understand the many regulations that address drone operations.  The best source of information to learn and comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines is the following web site link:

Do NOT fly in or above the Palm Springs Class D controlled airspace unless you have received an airspace waiver through the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) website.  Waivers are currently being issued to Part 107 users only.  Authorization to fly within controlled airspace WILL NOT be granted over the phone by Air Traffic Control.

NOTE: To apply for a waiver to fly within Palm Springs controlled airspace, visit  If you have not registered your Part 107 drone, you will need to do so and set up an account.  Once your account has been set up, select “Operational Waiver” option to request your airspace waiver.

NOTE:  For Part 107 users, to see the Palm Springs (PSP) UAS Map the FAA uses to authorize Part 107 UAS operations, visit and type in “PSP” in the top left address bar.  The map is segmented by grids notated by a number that represents the highest permissible altitude UAS may fly.  There is a “no drone zone” around the Palm Springs International Airport for the safety and protection of our flying public.  Any request that exceeds the altitude depicted will be automatically denied.

NOTE: If your organization is interested in establishing a letter of agreement for a fixed flying site, please contact the FAA  at [email protected].

If you have any questions, the Palm Springs Air Traffic Control Tower can be reached at (760) 322-7500.

The City of Palm Springs, owner and operator of Palm Springs International Airport, has established an Airline Incentive Program to encourage new entrant air carriers and incumbent air carriers to establish passenger routes between PSP and certain currently unserved or underserved, targeted domestic and international destinations.

Please contact the airport’s Executive Director at (760) 318 3800 to discuss all air service related matters.

Thank you.

Applications for positions within the Aviation Department are accepted via the City of Palm Springs Human Resources Department.

Palm Springs International Airport has many different businesses including airlines, car rentals, restaurants, gift shops, above and below-wing handling companies, fixed base operators and federal agencies which are responsible for their own employee hiring.

Airport Administration does not monitor openings that are available from these organizations and inquiries about job opportunities should be directed to the specific company or organization at the following web addresses:


Alaska Airlines – Visit click the “More” tab, click “Careers.”

Airport Terminal Services (Handles American, Air Canada, Contour, JetBlue, Sun Country, WestJet above and below wing and Alaska below wing) – Visit

Delta Global Services – (Handles Delta Air Lines) – Visit

United Ground Express –  (Handles United) – Visit

Worldwide Flight Services – (Handles Allegiant and Frontier) – Visit


Avis Budget: Visit

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group – Visit

Enterprise / National / Alamo – Visit

Hertz – Visit


ABM Aviation – Parking Management – Visit and apply under careers.

HMS Host (Celebrity Bistro, 12th Fairway Grill, Starbucks, Tap Room, California Vintage Bar) – Visit  click “Careers”, click type of position “Hourly or Management”, type in zip code “92262”, choose “Palm Springs International Airport”, click “Search for Jobs”, choose available position, click “submit” when finished.

Sierra Aviation Group (Wheelchair Service) – Visit

SkyWest Aircraft Maintenance Facility – (A&P mechanics) – Visit

The Paradies-Lagardere Shops (PGA/Desert Marketplace, CNBC Store, Landside and Airside Newsstands) Applicants may pick up an application at the Landside Newsstand located in the Center Terminal – Visit

Transportation Security Administration – Visit


Atlantic Aviation – Visit

Signature Flight Support  – Visit

Service Request Approval

Please Note: (*) indicates responses are required.


Additional Guidelines:

Please Provide one week notice and schedule Monday-Thursday 0700-1730

Airport Escort provided at a rate of $66.00 per hour

Click here to fill out the request form.

Photo of the Vehicle Inspection Plaza located at the entrance of the airport where permits are obtained.