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Biometrics create a better, safer world.
Overview

At CBP, we are leading the way in creating a more seamless, secure – and safer – travel experience. Using Biometric technology allows us to make the existing requirements for travel more efficient. And because it’s a hands-free process, it helps to prevent the spread of germs. So it’s also a better public health option.

The use of Biometrics stems from the 9/11 Commission Report which instructed CBP to biometrically confirm visitors in and out of the U.S. As technologies have evolved, facial comparison has become the most efficient solution.

It simply works like this:

  • During boarding or arrival, a traveler's photo is taken where you would normally present your passport for inspection.
  • The photo is compared against an existing passport or visa photo.
  • A CBP officer interviews the traveler to validate results, establish the purpose and intent of travel, and determine admissibility.
  • All traveler photos of U.S. citizens are deleted and no photos are ever shared with industry partners.

Today, millions of travelers have already experienced the benefits of Biometric Facial Comparison technology and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Together, we are transforming travel for the better.

Protecting our nation, one face at a time

Faster Meets More Secure

At CBP, we are constantly evolving to meet the security needs of our nation. Biometric Facial Comparison is just one of the many ways we are protecting our borders while delivering a safer, more efficient travel experience. Here are just a few of the advantages biometric technology delivers:

  • Simplifies inspections and greatly reduces imposter threats.
  • Requires no direct contact and prevents the spread of germs.
  • Allows CBP Officers to focus more time on traveler safety.
  • Confirms traveler identity with more accuracy, security and efficiency than ever before.
  • Streamlines the existing passport checks.

"With Biometric Facial Comparison, we’re simply comparing traveler photos against their existing passport or visa photo. It’s our existing process, only now more secure and efficient."

— Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner Wagner

Where is it Deployed?

Biometric Facial Comparison Technology is deployed at 238 airports for air entry, including all 14 CBP Preclearance locations, and at 32 airports for air departure. There are 13 seaports where it is deployed for use by the cruise lines. In addition, it is also deployed at virtually all pedestrian and bus processing facilities along the northern and southern land borders. This means thousands of daily travelers going to and from work encounter biometric technology as a way to make their commutes safer and more efficient.

From June 2017 through November 2021, CBP processed more than 117 million passengers using Biometric Facial Comparison Technology across the Air, Land and Sea environments.

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Leaving yesterday behind.
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The future of travel? Step this way.
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Welcome to a new world of speed and efficiency.

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Leaving yesterday behind.

At CBP, we take pride in constantly evolving to meet the security needs of our nation. Today, we are creating a more seamless, secure and safer travel experience using Biometric Facial Comparison technology. We work closely with our partners to configure solutions for their unique environments. (The one shown here is representative only.) We will continue to take a leading role in transforming travel for the better.

The future of travel? Step this way.

The Biometric Facial Comparison process is similar to what we’ve always done, even better. Travelers are already required to present a passport and establish identity by electronically comparing a traveler’s photo against an existing passport or visa photo, identity can be verified in seconds. It’s our existing process, only now more secure and efficient. And safer, since it’s a hands-free process that helps to prevent the spread of germs.

Welcome to a new world of speed and efficiency.

Getting you safely and securely to your destination is our goal. To date, millions of travelers have already experienced the benefits of Biometric Facial Comparison technology and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Now you can be on your way in the blink of an eye.

 

What travelers say about CBP Biometrics