CBP Launches New Mobile Passport Control Pilot App in Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale
WASHINGTON—US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced its new Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application to streamline entry into the United States.
The new app is part of CBP’s efforts to introduce new technology and extend current technologies over the past year to create a safer, simpler and best-in-class travel experience.
The MPC app will allow travelers to submit their passport and travel information using a mobile device and will allow them to store their information so that it is readily available for future international travel, eliminating the need for ” a paper form or the use of an automated passport control. (APC) kiosk. This results in less congestion and more efficient treatment.
The MPC program was initially launched in August 2014 and has been used by more than 4.3 million travelers at 33 ports of entry, including 29 airports and four seaports. The new MPC application was created to better protect the privacy of travelers. It was flown to Dulles International Airport in May and has now expanded to Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale, with a nationwide launch slated for in the coming months.
Eligible travelers can use the MPC app by simply downloading it for free from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. Users will be prompted to create a profile with their passport information, 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 photo of themselves, and answer a series of questions related to the CBP inspection. Once the traveler has submitted their transaction through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an encrypted QR (Quick Response) code. Travelers then bring their physical passport and mobile device along with their QR-coded digital receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their entry inspection into the United States.
For more information about MPC, including user eligibility, visit the CBP MPC website.