DHS Allows New Yorkers to Resume Enrollment in Trusted Traveler Programs

July 27, 2020 | United States of America

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is lifting a ban on its Trusted Traveler programs for New York residents.

Residents of New York State can now enroll or re-enroll in the Trusted Traveler programs, including FAST, SENTRI, NEXUS, and Global Entry. Enrollment in the programs was suspended in February 2020 due to a conflict caused by a New York State law that limited the amount of information in an applicant’s motor vehicle records that could be shared with the DHS. However, the state law has been amended to allow sufficient information exchange between New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the DHS to enable New York residents to apply for a Trusted Traveler program.

Even though the programs are authorized to resume, operations at Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers are currently suspended through September 8, 2020 due to COVID-19. Therefore, individuals may face processing and administrative delays when the centers reopen.