Driving on the Airport


Individuals seeking driving privileges on the non-movement area must print off and complete a non-movement area test prior to operating in this area. Applicants should bring a completed test when applying for a badge or requesting a renewal.    Movement Area Driving Test            Non-Movement Area Driving Test

Applicants are also required to read the FAA’s Driving on the AOA booklet, watch the Harrison Ford video, and read the Rapid City Regional Airport Vehicle Operations Manual.


Badging Information

RAP Badging Process – SIDA, Sterile, and AOA

Step 1: Authorization and Scheduling

A Rapid City Regional Airport approved authorized signatory begins the badging process for badge holders by completing an authorization form and submitting to the badging office.  Each employer at the airport has a designated signatory; please see them to start the process. If you wish to apply for a badge but are not employed by an airport entity (ex. hangar tenant or contractor), please call the RAP badging office at 605-791-6785 for further information.

Once your signatory sends the authorization form to the badging office, you can call and schedule an appointment.  Badge appointments can be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please call 605-791-6785 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your appointment.  The badging office is located in Fire Station 8, click here for directions.  You have 30 days from the time your signatory sends in your authorization form to the badging office to complete the badging process.

Step 2: First Appointment

Bring the I-9 documents that your signatory reviewed with you to the badging appointment.  Fees will be due at the time of your appointment, unless they are paid by your employer.  We accept checks, credit card, or cash.

You will be required to complete a badge application. The data from your application is sent to the Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) for a Security Threat Assessment (STA) to determine eligibility.  SIDA and Sterile badge applicants must also be fingerprinted and pass the Criminal History Records Check (CHRC).

Step 3: Clearances

Your STA and CHRC results are normally received by the badging office about one week after your application appointment.  You cannot obtain a badge until your successful clearances are received by the badging office.

Step 4: Second Appointment and Training

Training classes are held every Wednesday at 9:00 am, plan to attend training on the Wednesday after your first appointment that is at least seven days past.  Training will take approximately one hour and consist of watching videos and taking quizzes associated with the videos.  Upon successful completion of the training, you will be issued a RAP security badge.

RAP Badge Renewal and Audit

Each year you will need to renew or audit your badge, you will receive an email notification from the badging office with instructions on how to renew and/or audit your badge about a month before the due date.  If you fail to renew or audit your badge by the deadline date specified on your notification, your badge will be disabled and no longer be valid.

Click here to email the Airport Badging Office.

Click here for AOA Badge Acceptable Documents.

Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan 


Pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, this plan describes Rapid City Regional Airport’s Emergency Contingency Plan for excessive tarmac delays.