The NEXUS program allows low-risk pre-approved travellers to use designated NEXUS border crossings without being subject to regular questioning by customs and immigration officers. The program issues NEXUS identification cards to Canadians and Americans for entry into both Canada and the United States.

Eligibility information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • comply with the admission requirements of both countries
  • undergo background security checks using Canadian and American law enforcement databanks
  • be citizens or permanent residents of Canada or citizens or resident aliens of the United States who have lived in either country for the last three consecutive years, or (since 2012) be Canadian or American citizens living outside Canada or the United States, or who have recently returned to either country and have not previously been able to meet the three-year residency requirement. Certain permanent residents are also exempted from the three-year residency requirement.  
  • have no criminal record (or have been granted a pardon)
  • have no violations of customs or immigration legislation

Other criteria may apply.

Application information

  • Applications submitted by mail must include photocopies of original identification documents, such as a passport and a birth certificate.
  • Applicants who pass the initial security check will be interviewed at a joint Canada–United States NEXUS enrolment centre, at which time they will be photographed, fingerprinted and undergo an iris scan.
  • Join NEXUS.

Dates and deadlines

  • Determining an applicant's eligibility may take six to eight weeks.
  • A NEXUS identification card is valid for five years.

Financial information

  • There is a fee of CAN $50 or US $50 for each applicant 18 years of age or older.
  • Canadian residents can pay by certified cheque, money order or credit card.

Contact information

  • General Inquiries: 1-866-639-8726
  • TTY: 1-800-665-0354
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