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If approved for SENTRI, you will be issued a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card that will identify you as being a SENTRI member.

Activating Your SENTRI Card

To activate your card, log into your Global Online Enrollment System account.  After you log in, click on the “Activate Membership Card” button under the Program Membership(s) section.

Using Your SENTRI Card

When you approach the border in the SENTRI lane, the system automatically identifies your vehicle and the identity of the occupants in the vehicle. This is accomplished through the following steps:

  1. RFID card file number is read upon your arrival.
  2. File number triggers your data which is brought up on the CBP Officer's screen.
  3. Data is verified by the CBP officer and you are either released or referred for additional inspection(s).
Last modified: 
March 13, 2017