AOA Badges

How to Get an AOA Badge

All badge applicants must first be pre-authorized by a valid Airport Authorized Signer (otherwise known as the Authorized Signatory, which is a designated signer affiliated with a business that has a current operating agreement with the Airport, has received Authorized Signatory training, and been designated as the Airport’s primary contact for that business).


Confirm Your Status

Contact your Authorized Signer (typically company general manager or main hangar tenant) to confirm that you are on their Sponsor List on record in the Airport Manager’s Office.

Book Your Appointment

Book your AOA Badge Appointment online. Select either:

  1. AOA Badge Appointment (for your first/initial badge).
  2. AOA Badge Renewal Appointment (for a renewal badge).

If you prefer to call to book your appointment, please call: (707) 565-4492.

Appointment Location:
STS Airport Manager’s Office
2290 Airport Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

What To Bring

Bring proper ID to your appointment

Bring a current U.S. passport OR two forms of identification to your appointment.

If you have further questions about acceptable ID, call (707) 565-4492.

Applications cannot be processed without the required ID. Bring original ID; photocopies are not accepted.

NOTE: If the U.S. is not your country of birth you will need to bring in an additional form of identification. Please provide a current U.S. passport, a Certificate of Birth Abroad, OR Permanent Resident Card to complete the application process (see form below). Your application cannot be processed without this additional identification

AOA Badge Application

You will be required to fill out an AOA Badge application upon arrival to your appointment. For convenience, we suggest to download and fill out the application prior to your appointment to save time. 

You may also submit your completed application and scans or photographs of your document via email to

NOTE: Bring the application to your appointment. Do NOT sign or date your application until instructed to do so at your appointment.

AOA Badge Fees

New/Initial AOA Badge: Fee: $40

This fee must be paid during your appointment, unless you are an employee of a commercial tenant.

Renewal AOA Badge: Fee: $25

This fee must be paid during your appointment, unless you are an employee of a commercial tenant.

Cash or Checks Only

No credit card option available. Make checks payable to: Sonoma County Airport. If paying with cash, exact change is preferred, as limited amount of cash is kept on hand.

What Happens Next: The AOA Approval Process

What Happens after my AOA Badging Appointment?

Once you complete your AOA start appointment, your AOA application will be submitted to TSA for review.

How Long Is The Process?

This process takes about a week to ten days to complete.

When Can I Pick Up My Badge?

After approval by TSA, you or your Authorized Signer will be notified by email from the Airport Manager’s Office that your badge is ready for pick-up. NOTE: We require an AOA Badge Pick-up Appointment to pick up the badge. Please see STEP 2 below.


Badge Ready Notification

Did you receive notice that your badge is ready?

If you received notification that your badge is ready, please book your AOA Badge Pick-Up Appointment:

You may also call the Airport Manager’s Office to book your appointment: (707) 565-4492.

Walk-Ins NOT Accepted

Please book your appointment in advance.

Appointment Location:

STS Airport Manager’s Office
2290 Airport Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

IMPORTANT: Be sure to book your AOA Badge Pick-Up Appointment ASAP (within 60 days of being notified that it’s ready for pick-up). Your badge is only active for 30 days after the TSA approval date. If you are unable to pick up your badge within the 60 day period, you will be required to start the entire process over again, including payment.

Go to Your Badge Pick-Up Appointment

Please arrive at the scheduled time.

IMPORTANT: You are required to pick up your own AOA badge at this appointment. Other individuals or agents are not allowed to pick up the badge for you. AOA badges are not sent by mail.

What Happens at the Badge Pick-Up Appointment?

During the appointment your photo is taken and we go over Rules, Regulations and Penalties with you before the AOA badge is issued.

Authorized Signatory

An Authorized Signatory is a designated person authorized to sponsor individuals and request Airport Identification badges (AOA or SIDA) on behalf of their company, hangar, or agency. Authorized Signatories are required to maintain an up-to-date Sponsor List (see form below) with the Airport Manager’s Office. When there are changes to be made on your list, send us an email. All changes must be made in writing.

Authorized Signers are required to complete an annual training. You will be notified when it is time for your annual training. Once you have completed the annual training, please return the signature forms to the Airport Manager’s office via scan/email, or mail. If you are unable to view the online training documents, please contact the Airport Badging office at (707) 565-4492.

Forms and Printouts

Form I-9

Reminder: Bring original ID to your appointment; photocopies are not accepted; Please see the I-9 for a list of all acceptable forms of documentation.

AOA Badge Application

Reminder: Do NOT sign and date until instructed to do so while at your appointment.

Learn STS AOA Badge Rules

Be sure to stay informed on all badge rules, regulations and possible penalties.

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