HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry wants to encourage international travelers who cross the border frequently to take advantage of the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection or simply known as the SENTRI program. SENTRI was established to expedite the movement of eligible, pre-screened, low-risk, pre-approved travelers on the southern border through designated vehicle traffic lanes.
“This is a fantastic program which allows frequent border crossers an opportunity to expeditiously cross into the U.S. from Mexico, without having to wait in line with regular traffic,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “We encourage travelers to enroll and take advantage of this outstanding trusted traveler program provided by CBP.”
SENTRI members are processed in an expeditious manner upon arrival at the port of entry and have dedicated lanes for their exclusive use. This helps reduce traffic congestion and delays that are costly to travelers while maintaining high levels of security at our land border crossings. The Hidalgo International Bridge has a true, dedicated SENTRI lane which begins at the Reynosa Mexican Customs area and continues to a CBP primary inspectional lane. Due to the length of the international bridges in Pharr and Anzalduas, the designated lanes there are modified, but still beneficial.
Since its inception in 2007 at the Hidalgo International Bridge, the enrollment statistics have steadily increased every year and with expanded hours of operation at the enrollment center at the Anzalduas International Bridge, the application process has also improved. SENTRI applicants may apply online using the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES), and once the initial application is approved, the applicant will be required to present himself or herself (in person) for an interview at a SENTRI Enrollment Center. A link to the online application is found here.
Enrollment is scheduled by appointment, which may be made online or over the phone at the SENTRI Enrollment Centers. All persons that will be crossing the border in a registered vehicle must apply, including children. The cost for the program is $122.25 per person and is valid for 5 years. The hours of operation for the Anzalduas Enrollment Center are as follows;
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5911 South Stewart Road, Mission, Texas 78572
For more information online regarding the SENTRI application process, please visit the following link.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.