Mobile Passport Control Makes US Entry Process Faster

US Customs app speeds airport process for US citizens


The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a fast new way for travelers entering the US. It is called Mobile Passport Control (MPC). It is the first app authorized by the US government for traveler entry into the US.

What it does

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is an authorized CBP smartphone and tablet app for US and Canadian citizens. MPC, an automated process for going through the Customs arrival procedure, makes the entry process faster.

Android and iPhone users can download Mobile Passport for free from the Google Play store and iTunes store. The app is free to download and use.

Where it is

The app enables travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form as well as upload a self-photo prior to CBP inspection.

You can use Mobile Passport at these airports:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
  • Chicago O’Hare
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • New York, JFK
  • Newark Liberty
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle-Tacoma

Mobile Passport later in 2016:

  • Raleigh-Durham
  • Tampa
  • Washington Dulles

How it works

Here is how the process works:

  1. Download the Mobile Passport Control app.
  1. Create a profile using your passport information by either typing it in or scanning your passport with your phone’s camera. Then take a selfie.
  1. Complete the “New Trip” section answering CBP’s four brief questions about your trip.
  1. Submit your customs declaration form through the app and receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. The receipt expires 4 hours after being issued.
  1. Go to the dedicated Mobile Passport lane. Hand your passport to the customs officer and wave the app with the QR receipt over a scanner.

In conclusion

You still must have a valid US or Canadian passport and present it to a Customs officer during the arrival process in the US. And you’ll still have a brief customs interview

You can use it for families. Up to three additional profiles can be created for family members. The app allows for families of four to submit a single customs declaration form.

Remember: when you submit, you are confirming under penalty of law that your information is correct just the same as if you signed the written form.

Stay safe and travel far




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