ASICs and AVIDs
What’s the difference between your aviation security identification card and your aviation identification?
ASICs (Aviation Security Identification Cards) and AVIDs (Aviation Identification) show that the holder has a current security check but only an ASIC can be used at security controlled airports. ASICs are normally valid for up to 2 years and AVIDs are normally valid for up to 5 years.
While an AVID and an ASIC are both evidence that background checks have been undertaken, the background checks for the AVID are not equivalent to the checks for the ASIC.
At a minimum, all pilots must undergo the background checks for an AVID and ASIC. Only those pilots who require frequent access to a secure area of a security controlled airport will need to undergo the more robust background checks for an ASIC.
To streamline processes and remove any duplication, pilots who undergo the background check for an ASIC do not have to undergo the background checking for an AVID.
If you plan to frquently fly into a security controlled airport that has RPT services you need to have an ASIC.
Applying for an ASIC or AVID
- ASIC - follow the prompts on the ASIC application page.
- AVID - follow the prompts on the AVID application page.
You should apply for your initial issue ASIC or AVID, or renewal of your ASIC or AVID, four to six weeks before the card is required.
Applying for an ASIC
- Information on applying for an ASIC