The benefits of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program card include expedited travel through U.S. borders, special commercial clearance, and dedicated lanes and kiosks for program members. Trusted Traveler Programs are available to pre-approved, low-risk travelers so that they may move quickly through CBP processing when traveling internationally, travelling between the United States and Canada, traveling into the United States from Mexico by land or when importing commercial shipments.
There are several Trusted Traveler Program cards available. The main benefit of the Global Entry program is expedited clearance. This benefit is available to low-risk, pre-approved travelers entering the United States. The main benefit of the NEXUS program is expedited processing for travelers entering either Canada or the United States. Members use special processing lanes, NEXUS kiosks and Global Entry kiosks, in addition to receiving expedited processing for all Marine reporting locations.
Other Trusted Traveler card programs include Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection and FAST: Free and Secure Trade for Commercial Vehicles. SENTRI is a CBP program that gives participants the benefit of entry to the United States through primary lanes at southern land border ports. Applicants must pass a rigorous background check and in-person interview. The FAST program is a commercial clearance program, offering the benefit of expedited commercial carrier processing. Applicants must pass a background check and fulfill eligibility requirements.