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Automated Passport Control (APC)

What is Automated Passport Control?

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APC Houston Kiosks

Automated Passport Control (APC) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that expedites the entry process for U.S., Canadian and eligible Visa Waiver Program international travelers by providing an automated process through CBP’s Primary Inspection area.  Travelers use self-service kiosks to respond to CBP inspection related questions and submit biographic information.  APC is a free service, does not require pre-registration or membership, and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to the handling of personal data or information.  Travelers using APC experience shorter wait times, less congestion, and faster processing.

How Does the Automated Passport Control Program Work?

Instead of filling out a paper Customs declaration form, eligible passengers can proceed directly to the APC kiosks in the passport control area.  Travelers are prompted to scan their passport, take a photograph using the kiosk, and answer a series of CBP inspection related questions verifying biographic and flight information.  Once passengers have completed the series of questions, a receipt will be issued.  Travelers then bring their passport and receipt to a CBP Officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.  The kiosks allow people residing at the same address to be processed together.

Locations

APC kiosks are currently operational at the following airports:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Dublin International Airport (DUB)
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)
  • New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Reno International Airport (RNO)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle Sea-Tac Airport (SEA)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)

Who Is Eligible to Use APC?

U.S. and Canadian passport holders and international visitors from Visa Waiver Program countries are eligible to use APC kiosks.  Visa Waiver Program visitors must have Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTA) approval prior to travel and have visited the United States on at least one occasion after 2008.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Is APC safe and secure technology?

A:

Yes, the APC technology does not store any personal information.  Travelers’ passport information and answers to the declaration questions are submitted directly to CBP via secure encryption protocols similar to how it’s done by a CBP officer at a booth.

Q:

Do travelers still have to fill out a Customs declaration form?

A:

No, travelers will submit their Customs declaration form electronically via the kiosks.  If a traveler has already filled out a Customs declaration form, it can be given to a CBP Officer for shredding.

Q:

What languages are available on APC kiosks?

A:

English, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, German, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified) and Japanese.

Q:

Are Lawful Permanent Residents able to use APC?

A:

CBP is currently testing Lawful Permanent Residents using APC and plans to roll-out the program for them by the end of this year.

Last published: 
August 26, 2016