What’s Global Entry? Why would you want it? How can you get it? First things first: check out yesterday’s post on How to Apply for Global Entry! True statement: Global Entry might just be the best $100 I’ve ever spent for my travels. My husband’s Global Entry was set to expire this year (as mine will be in a few months as well!), so I decided to document his renewal process so you will know what to expect!
What is Global Entry?
And why would someone want to spend $100 for it? Here are some things to know:
- Saves you time–potentially hours after you arrive: instead of going through the often extremely long customs and passport control lines upon re-entry to the United States, you will go to a kiosk, fill out your customs form electronically, and breeze by the hundreds of other people on your flight (and any other flights that arrived at the same time) to leave the airport and head home
- Good for 5 years
- Comes with TSA Pre-check to help you speed through security (an $85 value)
- Check out yesterday’s How to Apply for Global Entry post for all the details!
1. Go to the Trusted Traveler Programs Website
You will be given this prompt:
2. Log in with Your E-mail Address and Password or Setup a New Account
If you received your Global Entry status early on in the days of Global Entry, you will have to create a new account in their updated system.
When you sign up, you will
- Enter your e-mail address
- Receive an e-mail with a link to click on
- New page to create a strong password and enter your phone number
- You will receive a text message with a one-time security code
- You will receive a “personal key” that you will need to save and print out
- Enter your personal key in the next page
- Your account has been created!
3. Create Your Profile
You will have to enter your personal information here, including name as it appears on your passport, birth date, country of birth, state of birth (if within the United States), city of birth, confirm e-mail address, and enter your phone number again.
4. Continue if You are Renewing
You will be prompted to click “yes” or “no” regarding whether you have previously applied for Global Entry. You will then be prompted to enter your previous PASSID, which is the 9-digit number on the left side of the back of your Global Entry card.
If you are approved for renewal, the screen will show a green “Approved” box with your information below. You are not done here!
5. Click “Renew Membership”
- Select “Yes” or “No” to document whether you are a citizen of the United States.
- Select the program or programs for which you are applying; in this case, Global Entry
- Click “Next”
6. Membership Renewal Acknowledgement
You will need to click to acknowledge that you know the process going forward involves a background check.
7. Review and Update Your Information
- Review your information and update it with any new information; the system will highlight any missing, incorrect, or out of date information for you
- List all countries you’ve visited since you were last approved for Global Entry
At the time of this writing, Renewing Global Entry costs $100 for five more years of the service. You may choose to pay with a credit card (some offer a refund of the $100 fee, so check with you credit card company), debit card, PayPal, or direct debit from your checking or savings account.
9. Check Back for Status Update
Now that you’ve been approved for renewal, you must check back on the website for any updates, including whether or not you will need to schedule another interview before you Global Entry is officially renewed. You will not be notified by e-mail, only on their website.
All of these steps are subject to change for security purposes or other government-determined purposes. If this changes again by the time I renew my own Global Entry, I will update this blog post for you then!
Want more information about Passports, Visas, and more? Check out the “Passports and More” section on my Travel Hacks page!
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