The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will cancel old NEXUS cards for current NEXUS members on May 1.
Although the CBP has been mailing new NEXUS Radio Frequency Identification (RF) ID cards to all members since November, the new cards have new, enhanced security features and allow U.S. and Canadian citizen cardholders to comply with the documentary requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
“The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative only affects Canadian and U.S. citizens,” said Joanne Ferreira, public relations specialist for CBP. “All Nexus members who have received a new card must destroy the old ones. “The initiative will be fully implemented on June 1.”
NEXUS is a joint CBP-Canada Border Services Agency program that both governments have implemented to enhance border security, while simplifying the entry process for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
The initiative was established in 2002 and approximately 280,000 members participate in the program. If members have not received their new cards, they should go to their local enrollment center to either pick up their new card or to apply to have a new card issued.
For more information visit www.knowyourborder.gov.