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Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides the only official US Government Trusted Traveler programs for travelers, customized to fit a variety of travel needs. Trusted Traveler programs allow members to use expedited lanes when crossing international borders, and at the airport. See below for guidance, or view the comparison chart.

Find the program that best suits your travel needs.

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Additional Considerations
Machine-readable passports have a machine-readable zone which can be read by a variety of scanners and kiosks that are used in some of the Trusted Traveler programs.

This option is only relevant for commercial truck drivers who frequently transport goods across the Canada or Mexico border.

Global Entry

$100 USD

5-year Membership

Ideal for arriving in the United States from international destinations.

  • Use a kiosk to clear immigration, customs, and agricultural processing
  • No paper arrival forms to fill out when you travel (i.e. Customs declaration)
  • Includes TSA Pre✓®

Required Documents

Passport or Permanent Resident Card

Passport (Machine-Readable) or US I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident Card (Machine-Readable)

TSA Pre✓®

$85 USD

5-year Membership Fee

Ideal for domestic air travel.

TSA Pre✓® saves you time and stress through security, as you don't need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.

Typical Enrollment Time

Up to 2-3 weeks

Required Documents

Driver’s License

Unexpired U.S. government-issued photo identification and proof of citizenship.(i.e. Passport only or Driver’s License & Birth Certificate). Determine which documents to bring.

SENTRI

$122.50 USD

5-year Membership Fee

Ideal for frequent travel into the US from Mexico.

At the US-Mexico border, members can use the expedited SENTRI lanes for quicker vehicle or pedestrian entry into the United States.

Required Documents

Passport or Permanent Resident Card or Driver’s License

Proof of Citizenship (i.e. passport, US I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident Card, birth certificate, etc) and any applicable documentation or visas necessary for entry into the US.

NEXUS

$50 USD

5-year Membership Fee

Ideal for frequent travel between the US and Canada.

  • Self-report customs forms when entering US or Canada via air
  • Greatly reduces typical time spent in US and Canadian processing
  • Expedited processing into US and Canada by vehicle.
  • Includes TSA Pre✓®

Required Documents

Passport or Permanent Resident Card or Driver’s License

Proof of Citizenship (i.e. passport, US I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident Card, birth certificate, etc) and any applicable documentation or visas necessary for entry into the US.

FAST (North or South)

$50 USD

5-year Membership Fee

Ideal for commercial truck drivers who are transporting low-risk shipments into the US from Canada and Mexico.

Use designated FAST lanes to more quickly transport goods into the US. FAST participation requires that every link in the supply chain is certified under the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT.

Required Documents

Passport or Permanent Resident Card or Driver’s License

Proof of Citizenship (i.e. passport, US I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident Card, birth certificate, etc) and any applicable documentation or visas necessary for entry into the US.

The Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, TSA Pre✓®, SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST) are risk-based programs to facilitate the entry of pre-approved travelers. All applicants are vetted to ensure they meet the qualifications for the program to which they are applying. Receiving a "Best Match" or program recommendation based on eligibility or travel habits does not guarantee acceptance into any Trusted Traveler program.

Last Published Date: June 16, 2017

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