SENTRI Card – Save hours waiting in line at the border

The SENTRI card gives program members access to SENTRI lanes when returning to the U.S. from Mexico.

Sentri Lane sign in San DiegoThe original Trusted Traveler Program specifically for U.S.-Mexico border crossings is also the oldest.

Sentri or SENTRI “Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection” was developed in 1995 and deployed into service at the Otay Mesa border crossing near San Diego.

Since its inception, SENTRI lanes have expanded to include 11 of the busiest border stations in California, Arizona and Texas.

SENTRI card holders also receive Global Entry and NEXUS program benefits.

No Canada
Note that SENTRI card members (nor Global Entry members) receive expedited access INTO Canada. Global Entry and SENTRI card holders may only access NEXUS lanes when returning to the U.S. FROM Canada.  If you wish to use NEXUS lanes for expedited access into Canada you must apply for NEXUS.

There are no SENTRI lanes going into Mexico.  SENTRI lanes only exist returning to the U.S. from Mexico.


SENTRI card requirements

SENTRI card use in San Diego
Show your SENTRI Card to the scanner before crossing

SENTRI cards are available for:

  • US citizens
  • Mexican citizens
  • Lawful US residents of other countries

A application and in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer is required before becoming a member.

There are 13 SENTRI interview locations for you to have your intervew.  All locations are located close to the U.S. – Mexico border in the states of:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • New Mexico
  • Texas

There are no locations in Mexico to apply for a SENTRI card.

If you wish to utilize a vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes you register its conveyance information at the end of your application.

If you add a vehicle for for use in SENTRI lanes following your initial SENTRI application and acceptance, an additional fee of $42 will be assessed.


SENTRI application

The process for applying for your SENTRI card is fairly straightforward.

The SENTRI enrollment process is 3 steps:

  • Complete an online SENTRI GOES application
  • Attend an in person interview with a CBP officer
  • Activate your card

Membership to the SENTRI program is good for 5 years and includes access to TSA PreCheck privileges as well as Global Entry and NEXUS benefits.

For those that do not have access to a internet connection, there is a physical form that may be printed out, completed by hand, and submitted to one of the 13 SENTRI enrollment centers for processing.

Though not the best options, as you can complete your SENTRI application online, you can print out the CBP 828s from here. Application fees still apply: Non-online SENTRI application

You may register with the CBP and apply for your GOES SENTRI pass through GOES (Global Online Enrollment System) on your own. We explain how, Here.

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View our one page mirrored GOES SENTRI application before you decide.

We check your application for errors and congruity before submitting.  And will give you 100% of your money back if not accepted.  Check it out.


SENTRI Benefits

Less waiting – Less Headaches – More time – Better Experience

SENTRI Lanes returning to the U.S. from MexicoHere’s the quick list:

  • Shorter airport security screening with included TSA PreCheck
  • Use of SENTRI lanes when returning from Mexico
  • Use of Customs Kiosks when returning from air travel abroad
    • No immigration form to fill out
    • No Customs line to stand in

Still have questions?  Give us a shout.

Already have a SENTRI card need more info? Check out our Ultimate SENTRI guide for more info and tips and how to get TSA PreCheck with your membership.