SENTRI is a U.S. government program that grants pre-approved travelers faster processing through the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process. SENTRI, or Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, works at land border crossings to enter the United States from Mexico. SENTRI requires travelers to be fingerprinted, pass an extensive background check and complete a personal interview with CBP. It is one of the CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs.


Travelers who want to use SENTRI must apply for the program and must convince a CBP officer that they are low-risk travelers. At the interview, applicants are fingerprinted and photographed, and they must submit a valid driver’s license or state ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, proof of employment or financial support, proof of residence, and original documents proving citizenship or immigration admissibility.

Applicants may be disqualified from SENTRI for a number of reasons, including lying or omitting information on their application, having a criminal history, being the subject of a current law enforcement…