TKI: Access Cards

Access Card Program

The Access Card program is designed to provide airport tenants and customers with convenient access and enhance aviation safety.

Only persons who need to drive through an airport-owned automated vehicle gate or need unescorted access to the Air Operations Area are required to apply for an access card.

Applying for Access Cards (Airport Badge)

The application process begins via email to

Your email must include:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Affiliation to the airport

In response, you will receive an email with further instructions on the application process, including a request for documents. Once we receive and review the requested documents, we will schedule an appointment for you to have your photo taken and finalize your application.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Current Driver's License
  • Proof of airport affiliation*

The application process must be started via email to Please do not go to the Airport Customer Service desk to request an access card.

Make payment at the Airport Customer Service Desk when your access card is issued. 

Pre-qualified Applicants & Qualifying Affiliation

Persons eligible to apply for an access card include the following:

  • Owners
  • Operators
  • Regular passengers and family members of based aircraft
  • Hangar owners
  • Flying club members
  • Employees of approved commercial aeronautical activities
  • Vendors and contractors
  • Any other persons as decided on a case-by-case basis by the executive director

*Applicants must provide proof of qualifying affiliation at the time of application. Proof of qualifying affiliation includes:

  • a copy of a current hangar lease
  • proof of hangar ownership
  • flying club membership 
  • any other document that verifies your affiliation with McKinney National Airport


Access cards expire two years after the date of issuance. The expiration date appears on the bottom of the access card below the name.


Renew Your Access Card (Airport Badge)

Access cards expire two years after the date of issuance. The expiration date appears on the bottom of the access card below the name.

All access card renewal requests must be submitted via email at

Your email must include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Phone number 
  • Affiliation to the airport

In certain instances, we may contact you requesting additional information such as: an updated application and copies of your driver's license or vehicle insurance. 

You will receive an email when your access card is ready. You may pick up your access card at the Airport Customer Service Desk.

Make payment at the Customer Service Desk when your access card is issued.

  • New cards / badges will not be issued unless the expired card / badge is turned in.
  • If an access card is lost, the lost card fee will apply.
  • Any card expired more than six months will require a new application and a new application fee.

The renewal process must be started via email to Please do not go to to the Airport Customer Service Desk to request a renewal.


Access Card (Airport Badge) Fee Schedule

Payment is accepted at the Customer Service Desk. You may pay with cash, check or credit card. Make checks payable to the City of McKinney. Fees include the following:

  • Initial application fee: $40
  • Lost badge and replacement fee: $50
  • Damaged card and replacement fee: $20
  • Biannual renewal fee: $30 (if expired more than 6 months, the initial application fee will apply)

*When requesting a card renewal or replacement badge for a damaged card you must turn in the damaged or expired card. If card is not returned the "Lost Badge" fee will apply.

Application Fee Exemptions

Government employees conducting official business on the airport are exempt from the application fee.


Driving in the Air Operations Area

Safety and security are a priority at the McKinney National Airport. We serve a diverse general aviation community with more than 200 based aircraft and numerous daily takeoffs and landings. To ensure safety for our entire population, we require that any person driving on the air operations area (AOA) be qualified and have an access card.

Airport incursions - an unauthorized presence on the runway - are a safety hazard that can be avoided. Please see "Applying for an Access Card," which will explain the application process.

For general information about driving in the air operations area, please view our AOA Drivers Training brochure and watch the video.

Access Card Program Policies

Damaged Access Cards

Access cards can be damaged or broken during normal use and can be replaced at the airport administration office. A replacement card fee of $20 will apply. Damaged cards must be returned to airport when renewing or the lost card fee of $50 will apply.

Lost or Stolen Access Cards

Report a lost or stolen access card to airport administration within 24 hours at 972-562-4096. A $50 replacement card fee applies to all lost or stolen cards.

Intercom Access

Airport administration will not provide remote access to anyone via intercom at any gate. Please do not contact airport administration via intercom for access.

Compliance with Rules & Regulations

All applicants agree to comply with all airport rules and regulations prescribed in Chapter 30 of the City of McKinney Code of Ordinances

Other Provisions

Access cards are non-transferrable. Applicants accept responsibility for damages or injuries that result from the improper use of an airport-owned automated gate. Return an access card to the airport administration office within seven days after it is no longer needed.


Failure to comply with these provisions may result in a warning, fine, suspension and/or revocation of access privileges. Penalties for violations are outlined in Chapter 30 of the City of McKinney Code of Ordinances.