Apply For NEXUS
The process for applying for NEXUS is is One Step. This involves completing an on-line application.
After your application is conditionally approved you must attend a in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer to complete you Global Entry enrollment.
1. Apply for NEXUS
2. Attend CBP interview
If successful, your NEXUS card will arrive in the mail. Now you can activate your membership and have access to NEXUS Benefits.
1. One Step to start your NEXUS enrollment:
Complete our GOES compliant NEXUS pass application (mirrors exactly the CBP’s GOES application).
It’s that easy.
NEXUS membership is good for 5 years and includes access to TSA PreCheck privileges as well as Global Entry and SENTRI benefits.
You can forgo our refund benefits and easy NEXUS application and register/apply on your own through the government’s GOES website. We can walk you through the GOES application process.
2: Schedule and attend your CBP Interview
There are a total of 25 Locations for your NEXUS interview.
[yellow_box]If you wish to register your vehicle to use in SENTRI lanes your vehicle examination must take place at one of the 10 SENTRI enrollment centers. Your NEXUS CBP interview can NOT take place at one of these 10 locations. Your vehicle inspection can occur after your acceptance into the NEXUS program.[/yellow_box]
Available dates vary depending upon which location is chosen.
The majority being located at the major airports or northern border crossing stations. Dates for an interview can be up to 3 weeks. So plan ahead as best you can.
Impatient? You can walk into a enrollment center and see if there are available openings for that day.
When you attend your NEXUS CBP interview you will want to bring certain documentation with you.
- Originals of evidence of citizenship that you listed on your application
- If not a U.S. citizen, originals of evidence of immigration admissibility to the U.S., that you listed on your application
- Valid drivers license (or state identification) issued in state where applicant lives
- Any evidence of your employment or residence (tax return, pay stub, mortgage/rent payment receipts)
The interview with a CBP agent as actually pretty easy.
During the interview you will have your photograph taken for your identification card and your fingerprints will be scanned.
The CBP officer will also as basic questions concerning your application.
Questions could be:
- “How often do you go to (said country in application)?”
- “Do you or any friends or family travel to Mexico/Canada. If so, how often?”
- “How often do you visit (said countries)?”
No personal questions are asked and the whole time in front of an officer is about 5 min.
At a later date, if you wish to register your vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes you will also need to provide the following information during your vehicle inspection:
- Valid drivers license (or state identification)
- Vehicle registration
- Evidence of US automobile insurance
- If the vehicle is not registered in the name of the applicant, a notarized letter authorizing its use by the applicant is required. A company vehicle requires written authorization on company letterhead
This vehicle inspection must take place at one of 10 SENTRI interview/enrollment centers.
The CBP agent will need to inspect your vehicle after your interview.
This will involve a quick check of your vehicle, inside and out, where you will need to open up your hood and trunk.
The inspection is not too intrusive but please be aware that very dark window tint will throw up red flags. Any biological debris in truck beds, firewood for instance could pose an issue as well.
3: Card Activation and Use
Once your interview is complete and if you are deemed a Trusted Traveler you will receive your NEXUS card in mail in about one week.
Log back into your GOES account and active you card before use.
Once you active your NEXUS card that’s it. You’re done!
You can now use your program’s benefits to cross the Mexican or Canadian border in less than 20min.
Or, use your KTN/PASS ID to enjoy TSA PreCheck benefits.
“What’s a KTN?” “Can’t I just show my card and be good to go?”
We wish it could be that easy.
Check out How to Use your Global Entry to access TSA PreCheck lanes as often as possible.
Don’t worry, it’s easy.
NEXUS Pass For Children
All children, regardless of age, must apply for and pay the appropriate fees to become a member of the NEXUS Trusted Traveler program
This mainly apply for children and infants that will be returning to the U.S. with their parents or guardians from international travel by air so they may use Customs Kiosks and avoid Customs and Immigrations lines.
Children under the age of 13 DO NOT need to be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or TSA PreCheck in order to ONLY use TSA PreCheck lanes with their parent or guardian. However, the parent or guardian must be a member.