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Travelers must complete a Global Entry application, background screening and in-person interview before they may become members of this trusted traveler program under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As part of the Global Entry interview, for instance, applicants must provide the CBP with proof of their eligibility through as a U.S. passport, permanent resident card or similar document. However, specific requirements may vary depending on the country in which applicants reside.

Moreover, many Global Entry interview locations are available around the world. In most cases, these locations include CBP enrollment centers and international airports. If travelers cannot find an interview location in their area, however, they may participate in the Enrollment on Arrival program if they are eligible to do so. Through the Enrollment on Arrival program, for instance, applicants may complete their eligibility interview once they land at a participating international terminal. To learn more about enrolling in this trusted traveler program, review the information below.

How to Complete the Global Entry Application Process

Applicants must use an online Global Entry enrollment system to begin the process of applying for this trusted traveler program. To do so, applicants must create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account through the website of the CBP. Family members cannot share accounts with one another, as all applicants need their own TTP account. When creating an account, travelers must provide a valid email address and phone number, as they will need to confirm this information before starting their application. After creating a TTP account, applicants must log into the system by entering their email address and password.

Moreover, travelers must complete their Global Entry applications electronically after they create a TTP account. When completing the application, travelers must provide information like the following:

  • Their address, travel and employment history from the previous five years
  • Contact details, such as a current email address and phone number
  • Any applicable court information for convictions that do not pertain to traffic infractions
  • Vehicle information, if applicants plan to travel into the U.S. by land

After completing the application, travelers must pay the non-refundable enrollment fee. While the Global Entry cost is slightly higher than TSA PreCheck enrollment, the program provides members with automatic PreCheck benefits as well. If the CBP approves the application, travelers will receive five years of Global Entry and PreCheck benefits.

Learn more about enrolling in Global Entry by downloading our comprehensive program guide.

Where can I find a Global Entry enrollment center?

After submitting a Global Entry application, the CBP will review the information and conduct a background check to determine whether applicants are low-risk travelers who meet minimum eligibility requirements. Once applicants receive a notification of conditional approval, they must schedule an in-person interview as soon as possible, as failure to do so will result in the cancellation of their application. To schedule a Global Entry appointment at an enrollment center, travelers may do so through the CBP?s website. Enrollment centers are available throughout the U.S. and in other countries like the United Kingdom, Qatar and Canada.

While Global Entry enrollment centers are available in most states, there are no offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia or Wyoming. If applicants cannot locate an enrollment center in their area, they may participate in the Enrollment on Arrival program, as this allows them to complete their eligibility interview once they arrive at participating airports. For instance, states with Enrollment on Arrival locations include Florida, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Alaska, California and Colorado. However, this option is only available to travelers who receive a notification of conditional approval after submitting their initial application.

Find out more about Global Entry applications in our in-depth guide.

What does the Global Entry interview include?

During a Global Entry appointment, applicants must meet with a CBP officer to discuss their program eligibility. Additionally, they must answer questions, provide their fingerprints and submit to a photograph. As part of the interview, applicants must also provide the CBP with proof of their Global Entry eligibility. While these documents vary depending on the country in which applicants live, proof of eligibility generally includes:

  • Evidence of citizenship, such as a machine-readable passport or permanent resident card.
  • A valid driver?s license.
  • Proof of address.
  • Proof of admittance into the U.S., such as a valid visa.

While applications can take up to several months to process, the Global Entry approval time will vary depending on the specific situation. However, travelers may check their Global Entry application status by logging into their existing TTP account. After logging in, applicants will be able to determine whether their application status is ?pending,? ?denied? or ?conditionally approved.?

After completing the Global Entry application process, will I receive a membership card?

After completing a Global Entry interview and providing the CBP with proof of eligibility, certain qualifying applicants receive Global Entry cards for entering the U.S. by land or sea or when using NEXUS or SENTRI processing lanes. However, only Mexican nationals, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents receive membership cards after enrolling in the Global Entry program. Moreover, Global Entry members cannot use their membership cards at automated airport kiosks, as they need a passport or permanent resident card to do so.

How to Renew Global Entry Memberships

Members must complete the Global Entry renewal process every five years if they wish to continue their program eligibility. In most cases, program members may renew their membership up to one year before their eligibility is set to expire. To renew a membership, applicants must start by logging into their TTP account. After logging in, they must select the ?manage membership? option, as this will allow them to renew their application and make changes to their personal information, if necessary. During this time, members must also pay the non-refundable membership fee.

After renewing Global Entry memberships, applicants typically do not need to complete an additional eligibility interview. However, members may login to their TTP account after they apply to check their renewal status and determine whether they need to take any additional actions.

Global Entry is a useful program for travelers who take international trips. Global Entry membership can save passengers time, while making a trip's departure and arrival experience more pleasant. can help you understand how the Global Entry program works, so you can decide if membership is right for you. Additionally, you can download our guide for only . This convenient guide explains Global Entry eligibility requirements and walks you through the Global Entry enrollment process. Plus, we will let you know which airports offer Global Entry membership, so you can start enjoying hassle-free travel by your next trip.