In our fourth post in our Trusted Traveler Program Series  we are going to cover SENTRI, the program for pre-approved travelers who cross the U.S./Mexico border frequently.

SENTRI users have access to specific, dedicated primary lanes into the United States.  Members are issued a Radio Frequency Identification Document (RFID) that will identify their record and status in the CBP database upon arrival at the U.S. port of entry.  Participants in the program wait for much shorter periods of time than those in regular lanes waiting to enter the United States, even at the busiest time of day.

SENTRI Dedicated Commuter Lanes are available at El Paso, TX; Otay Mesa, CA; San Ysidro, CA; Calexico, CA; Nogales, AZ; Hidalgo, TX; Brownsville, TX; Anzalduas, TX; Laredo, TX; and San Luis, AZ

How to apply: 

  • Submit your application online using the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
  • Once conditional approval is received, schedule your appointment online through your GOES account at an Enrollment Center.
  • Applicants have 30 days from that date to schedule an interview or your application will be denied and you will have to submit a new application.
  • You must bring original documents with you that show:
    • Evidence of citizenship that you listed on your application
    • Valid driver’s license (or state identification)
    • Vehicle registration and evidence of US automobile insurance
    • Evidence of employment or financial support.
    • Evidence of residence, (Mortgage or rent payment receipts)

For complete details on how to apply, click here.

During the Interview, information provided on the application will be verified and upon acceptance, CBP will:

  • Take a photograph
  • Get your fingerprints
  • Issue an RFID enabled identification document

Required Fees

Application Fee: $25.00 per person

Fingerprint Fee: $14.50

System Costs Fee: $80.00 per person

Total Fee: $122.25 per person

SENTRI members are eligible to use Global Entry kiosks once they provide 10 fingerprints and document information to CBP.   If you are a Mexican national in SENTRI, you must apply for Global Entry through your GOES account. For additional Global Entry benefit information, log on to your GOES account.

You must use your passport or lawful permanent resident card at Global Entry kiosks not your SENTRI or Global Entry card.  If you have additional questions about SENTRI, visit the website.