About Airport Badges

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) issue badges to all individuals who have unescorted access to the fenced area of Airport property.

Apply for and manage your badge with AirBadge.

AirBadge is compliance automation software for airport badge offices. AirBadge automates and tracks badge-related activities at STS.

STS Badge Holders use AirBadge to:

  • Apply for a new badge
  • Renew your badge and update your information
  • Check status on your application
  • Notify the airport of changes to your badge status

STS Signatories use AirBadge to:

  • Invite new hires to apply for a badge
  • Authorize or prevent renewals
  • Manage badges under your authorization
  • Respond to TSA-ordered badge audits

Applicant and Badge Holder Tips

Plan ahead! All Badge Office appointments should be scheduled through AirBadge.

Don’t forget to bring your ID. Be sure to bring all your documents with you to every badge appointment.

Is it time to renew? Start your badge renewal in AirBadge. You must renew your badge before it expires.

Log in to AirBadge using your invitation email.

AirBadge is a closed, secured system. Only invited individuals are authorized to log in. Each email from AirBadge includes your unique login address and link. Be sure to bookmark the page for easy future access.

Can’t find an email from AirBadge?
Ask your badge office to resend the welcome email.

Unable to complete your badge application in AirBadge?
Request accommodations if you are unable to submit your application electronically. To request a paper badge application by mail contact the badge office at (707) 565-4492. Walk-ins are not accepted. Call to request an accommodation and plan an appointment to process your application. Review the documentation carefully and bring your IDs and documents to every appointment.

What type of badge do I need?

There are two types of airport badges: Airport Operations Area (AOA) Badges and Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) Badges. Your badge type depends on the area of the airport where you need unescorted access.


Pilots and passengers of transient aircraft are not required to have Sonoma County Airport badges, but they are required to stay within the Airport transient area or an FBO transient area unless escorted by an individual with a current Airport badge.

For access to all areas contained within the Airport’s security fencing:


If you work at STS, you need an AOA Badge. TSA defines the Airport Operations Area as all areas contained within the Airport’s security fencing, except for the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).

Example of individuals who may be required to have an AOA badge:

  • Hangar tenants
  • Flight school employees / students
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Track users
  • Commercial tenants
  • Fixed Based Operator (FBO) employees
  • Contractors
  • Balloon Operators
  • Delivery service employees (e.g. FedEx / UPS)

For employees working in secure areas of the Airport:


The Security Identification Display Area is a restricted ground area of the Airport that can only be accessed by those who possess a valid SIDA badge. AOA badge holders are NOT authorized to operate in the SIDA at any time.

Examples of individuals who may be required to have an SIDA badge:

  • Fixed Based Operator (FBO) employees
  • Airline employees
  • Security employees
  • Vending service employees
  • Janitorial service employees
  • Law Enforcement Officers (based at Airport)
  • Contractors

Authorized Signatories

An Authorized Signatory is a designated person authorized to sponsor individuals and request badges on behalf of their company, hangar, or agency.

Authorized Signers should:

  • Ensure that only individuals with an operational need receive Airport-issued badges.
  • Determine that the individual applying for the Airport badge has a need to be on Airport premises.
  • Determine which level of access is required for the badge holder.
  • Assign privileges to badge holders as required for their duties at the Airport.
  • Ensure that all badges are terminated or deactivated immediately upon employment termination.