For travelers who don’t want to sign up for a Trusted Traveler program, which involve fees and an application process, there’s another way to shorten the time it takes to go through security checkpoints at the airport: the Mobile Passport (free), an app officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that allows passengers to speed through 26 U.S. airports and three cruise ports. Here’s how to take advantage of this benefit.
How do I sign up?
U.S. citizens and Canadian residents can download the Mobile Passport app at the App Store®* or the Google PlayTM** store. You’ll be asked to complete a profile that includes your name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. You can also create up to 12 additional profiles for members of your family. Unlike the Trusted Traveler programs, the app is free to use and doesn’t require preapproval (though you still need to carry your paper passport).
How does it work?
When you arrive at one of the participating airports or ports, go to the New Trip section on the app. Once you register your arrival airport and flight number, you’ll be asked to take a selfie and answer a series of declaration questions. Then head to the Mobile Passport express lane and present the digital bar-coded receipt to a customs officer.
Where can I use the Mobile Passport?
Mobile Passport Control is available at 26 U.S. airports, including LAX in Los Angeles, ORD in Chicago, and JFK in New York. It’s also available at three major sea ports, all in Florida: Miami, Port Everglades, and Palm Beach.
For more information, go to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- *Endless Vacation® magazine is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
- **Google Play is a trademark of Google LLC.
- NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
- Published: April 2019