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What is the Trusted Traveler Program?
There's actually more than one Trusted Traveler Program – the US Customs and Border Protection has one commercial program called FAST (which is used when importing commercial shipments between the US and Mexico or the US and Canada) as well as three programs for travelers:
– Global Entry
These programs give low-risk travelers pre-approved expedited travel via dedicated lanes and kiosks.
How do I apply for a Trusted Traveler Program?
That depends on the particular Trusted Traveler Program required for your needs. We take a look at the three non-commercial Trusted Traveler Programs.
We've written about Global Entry before. Once approved, travelers avoid processing lines and paperwork and reduce their waiting times at major US airports as well as in some other countries.
The Global Entry fee is $100. Some credit card companies and programs will refund you this cost.
The NEXUS alternative inspection program is used for expedited travel between the US and Canada by air, land or sea. It's an ID card that's also been approved as an alternative to the passport for both US and Canadian residents.
Border crossing questioning by customs and immigration is minimized with the use of this program and expedited travel is received at dedicated lanes and airport kiosks.
NEXUS costs US $50 or CN $50.
For expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travelers into the US from Mexico by land, SENTRI is used.
A thorough biographical background check, law enforcement fingerprint check and a personal interview are all performed upon application. A Radio Frequency Identification Document is issued to successful applicants, which gives users access to dedicated primary lanes.
The SENTRI application fee is $25 per person or $50 for a family. Fingerprinting costs $14.50 for applicants 14 years and older. System costs are $80 per person (to a maximum of $160 for a family).