What is Global Entry? The Global Entry program is one of the most convenient tools available to travelers in the United States. It lets them skip the endless customs line at airport security after a long day of traveling and use a self-serve Global Entry kiosk instead.
But for a frequent international traveler to stay enrolled in the Global Entry program, they’ll need to renew their application regularly (about every five years) with updated information about themselves.
In this article, we’ll answer the question, “How long does a Global Entry card last?” and walk you through the steps of the renewal process.
Since the Global Entry traveler program is designed to give low-risk passengers the ability to receive expedited screening, they’ll need to renew their application every few years to certify their low-risk status.
So how long does Global Entry last for?
Your Global Entry membership will last for five years starting from your first birthday after getting the card.
This means if you get your card right after a birthday, it can actually last for close to six years.
If you can’t remember when you got your Global Entry card, there are a few ways to tell when it’s time to apply for renewal.
First, the date will be listed on your Global Entry card itself right under your date of birth. Once your card is within a year of expiring, you’ll have the option to renew your card. Renewing your card early doesn’t come with any downsides as your new card will still be valid for five years from your last card’s expiration date, so it’s a good idea to try to get it done as early as possible!
If you forget to check your card for the expiration date, you’ll also get email reminders every time you use a Global Entry kiosk within a year of your card expiring letting you know it’s time to submit your renewal application.
If you need to renew your Global Entry card, here are some steps you should take:
Most Global Entry membership passes are approved for renewal, but if there’s some reason your application cannot be approved, you will be notified by the TTP.
If you don’t get your new Global Entry card before your old one expires, there’s no need to panic. As long as you have submitted your application before the day your card expires, the CBP will let you keep using your card for the next six months while you wait for approval. Once your card is approved, it’ll typically be sent to you within one to two weeks, if not faster.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s a new update that Global Entry members are given a 24-month or 2 years grace period for those who process renewal applications before their membership expires. So yes, you can still travel internationally and enjoy your Global Entry benefits and TSA pre-Check for domestic travel. However, this only applies if you have processed for a renewal prior to the expiration date of your membership.
If you’re due for a new Global Entry card, want to renew your Global Entry benefits, or need help applying for another government ID, we have everything you need all in one convenient place. Simply fill out this form online, and we’ll do the rest for you!