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CBP Resumes Mobile Passport Control at Washington Dulles International Airport

Release Date: 
September 24, 2019

STERLING, Va., – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resumed the Mobile Passport Control option Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport.

A traveler uses the Mobile Passport Control option to enter the United States. (CBP File Photo)"Customs and Border Protection listened to concerns voiced by the traveling public and is pleased to welcome the Mobile Passport Control option back to Washington Dulles International Airport,” said Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “CBP is committed to innovation, and technologies such as Mobile Passport Control and facial comparison biometric examinations have the potential to transform the traveler’s international arrivals experience without compromising our critical border security mission.”

Available at 25 airports and three seaports, Mobile Passport Control (MPC) permits U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors the option to initiate their CBP international arrivals inspection on a smartphone or tablet using Airside Mobile’s Mobile Passport application. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), the MPC option does not require pre-approval.

Travelers submit their passport information and answer CBP inspection-related questions through the app and receive a QR code that they take to a CBP officer to complete their arrivals inspection. Completing the administrative portion of the arrivals inspection through the app helps to streamline the traveler inspection and experience and frees officers to focus on identifying high-risk travelers.

Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively.

More information about MPC airport locations, eligible users, and other frequently asked questions is available at CBP.gov/MPC.

Artwork of the Mobile Passport application icon.The MPC pilot launched in August 2014 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. CBP initially launched MPC at Dulles airport in July 2016. CBP then initiated biometric entry through facial comparison in August 2018 and decommissioned MPC. Officers detected three impostors during the first 40 days through facial comparison technology. Travelers complained about long processing lines and CBP resumed MPC as an arrivals inspection option.

CBP’s Travel website offers rules and tips for clearing CBP inspection during travel to and from the U.S.  Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations helps secure our nation’s borders, and what CBP achieved during "A Typical Day" for CBP in 2018.

Go to www.CBP.gov for more information.

Last modified: 
September 24, 2019