Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows eligible travelers to submit their passport and customs declaration information through a free, secure app on their smartphone or other mobile device. The use of MPC streamlines the traveler’s entry process into the United States by reducing passport control inspection time and overall wait time. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), use of MPC is free and does not require pre-approval. Travelers who successfully use an authorized MPC app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk. As a result, travelers may experience shorter wait times, less congestion and efficient processing.
The CBP Mobile Passport Control App
CBP’s MPC app is a free application that can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play and is currently available for eligible travelers to use upon arrival at MPC approved sites. Please see FAQ question number 2 to see a complete list of current MPC Sites.
Sponsor MPC Apps
Eligible travelers may also download and use Airside Mobile’s Mobile Passport app or the CLEAR Pass for CBP Mobile Passport Control app. These authorized apps were developed in partnership with CBP and are available to U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors and can be used at many major U.S. airports and cruise ports. Use of these apps is also free; however, these developers may offer travelers optional premium features that require payment (e.g., scanning your passport’s MRZ or the storage of a traveler’s profile). These optional premium features are not required by CBP and CBP does not collect any fee monies from the vendor (see FAQ below for additional information).
How Does MPC Work?
After downloading an authorized app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, eligible travelers will be prompted to create a profile with their passport information, including the traveler’s name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. Upon landing in the United States, travelers will select their arrival airport or seaport and terminal, take a self-photo, and answer a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Once the traveler submits their transaction through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. Travelers then bring their physical passport and mobile device with their digital QR-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.
Wi-Fi or cellular network is required to send information and receive a receipt but travelers may complete profile(s) without being connected.
Where can eligible travelers use MPC?
CBP uses the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application to streamline the processing of eligible travelers entering the United States. Eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet may voluntarily download the Mobile Passport Control (MPC)-enabled mobile application (app) from a mobile application store (e.g., Apple App Store or Google Play Store). CBP approved the following MPC-enabled mobile apps:
- CBP’s MPC Mobile App, a separate government mobile application that is owned by CBP. This is a free mobile application.
- Airside Mobile Inc., Mobile Passport App- a private mobile application in cooperation with the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). A free version of this mobile application is available to the public.
- Clear, ClearPass for CBP Mobile Passport Control- a private mobile application in cooperation with Delta Airlines. A free version of this mobile application is available to the public.
The MPC mobile app, is available to U.S. citizens and Canadian B1/B2 citizens visitors. MPC is currently available at the following 30 U.S. International airports and 4 seaports of entry:
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
- Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- William P. Hobby Houston International Airport (HOU)
- Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Miami Seaport
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- Palm Beach Seaport
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
- Port Everglades Seaport
- Portland International Airport (PDX)
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- San Jose International Airport (SJC)
- San Juan Airport (SJU)
- San Juan Seaport
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
What are the benefits of using MPC?
MPC provides a more efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler. Since the administrative tasks are performed by the traveler prior to the passport control inspection, MPC reduces passport control inspection time and overall wait times.
When will I be able to submit my information to CBP through an MPC app?
Travelers should submit their information upon landing in the United States.
Does MPC replace my passport?
No, travelers must present a valid U.S. or Canadian passport to a CBP officer upon arrival.
Will I still have to go through the processing lines if I use MPC?
Yes, travelers will still be processed by a CBP officer. Travelers using MPC will be directed to a specific processing lane for a streamlined entry process.
Do travelers still have to fill out a declaration form?
No. Travelers will answer CBP inspection-related questions electronically via their smartphone or tablet. If a traveler has already filled out a CBP declaration form, it can be turned in to a CBP Officer.
Can families use MPC?
Yes, up to 12 profiles can be created for family members. All authorized MPC apps allow for a single household to submit one MPC transaction, including answers to CBP inspection-related questions.
Is using MPC secure?
What happens if my flight is diverted to a different airport?
Travelers will not be able to use MPC if their flight is diverted to a U.S. airport that does not utilize MPC processing. Upon arrival at the diverted airport, travelers will follow standard processing procedures.
Why is there a fee associated with the Airside Mobile's Mobile Passport app?
The CBP MPC program is built upon public-private partnerships. Currently, the MPC program has approved two different business sponsor mobile apps - the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA)/Airside Mobile's Mobile Passport and Delta’s CLEAR Pass for CBP Mobile Passport Control.
Recently, ACI-NA/Airside Mobile made a corporate decision to offer "MP+", an optional premium service for a fee. CBP had no role in Airside Mobile’s corporate decision to offer a premium service, charge a fee, and does not collect any fee monies. This new premium service is voluntary and the original free service is still available in all versions of the application. To continue to use the free version of the app, users can ignore the MP+ notices and prompts.
What is the difference between Airside Mobile's free version and the premium version?
Airside Mobile’s MP+ users are not afforded any additional privileges during CBP processing. All MPC users will be treated the same by CBP within the Federal Inspection Service area and during inspections. For a more detailed description of the different application features (when comparing the free and premium versions), travelers should consult ACI-NA and Airside Mobile’s website.
Will CBP look to other sponsors and developers to create similar apps that will not charge users?
CBP will continue to support any business sponsor’s interest in developing a compliant MPC mobile application. Business sponsor eligibility is limited to airlines, airports, seaports, and cruise lines.
As of June 2020, there is no associated fee to store a traveler’s profile or to use a machine-readable zone (MRZ) scanner via CLEAR Pass for CBP Mobile Passport Control. While an MPC app business sponsor or developer may decide to offer an optional fee based premium service, CBP will only approve applications that also offer international travelers a free MPC service.
Currently, the MPC feature within the Airside Mobile Mobile Passport app and the CLEAR Pass for CBP Mobile Passport Control app is free.