The SENTRI card gives program members access to SENTRI lanes when returning to the U.S. from Mexico.
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.
There are no SENTRI lanes going into Mexico. SENTRI lanes only exist returning to the U.S. from Mexico.
SENTRI card requirements
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:
- New Mexico
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.
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.
Less waiting – Less Headaches – More time – Better Experience
- 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.