US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program in 2014 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport and recently expanded its reach to include:
– Atlanta New York (JFK)
– Chicago (O’Hare) Newark
– Dallas/Fort Worth Orlando
– Denver San Francisco
– Fort Lauderdale San Jose (CA)
– Miami Seattle-Tacoma
– Minneapolis/St. Paul Washington (Dulles)
Two airports soon to be added are Raleigh Durham and Tampa.
Mobile Passport Control aims to serve two purposes: to allow travelers an expedited experience with customs and immigration formalities and to allow CBP officers to focus on identity and admissibility verification, rather than making sure the forms of the paper-based system are filled out correctly.
For US citizens arriving at an airport currently equipped with MPC, the smartphone app can be used to input arrival details (airport and airline/flight), answers to customs declarations questions, and even a self-photo for identity verification. Once this information is submitted through the app, it will generate an e-receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response code (“QR code”) that expires in 4 hours. US citizens returning home merely need to provide their passport and smartphone with QR code on the screen to the CBP officer who is processing their entry.
The Mobile Passport Control app was developed for US Customs and Border Protection in partnership with Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America and is free to download and use.