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Global Entry Enrollment/Renewal is Again Available to NY Residents – But, Enrollment Centers are Still Closed

Written by Charlie

Once again, New York State residents can enroll in or renew their Global Entry or any other Trusted Traveler program. While enrollment centers are closed, you get a lot of extra time now!

Last year, a spat occurred between the Department of Homeland Security and New York State when NYS said they would no longer allow the federal government access to the Department of Motor Vehicle records for Trusted Traveler applications. This was after New York State enacted their “Green Light” law to give driver’s licenses and permits to anyone, regardless of their immigration status.

Global Entry Enrollment and Renewal Available for NYS Residents Again

Last week, the federal and state government came to an agreement that allowed NYS residents to again apply for or renew Trusted Traveler programs. This was due to New York State passing a law that allowed federal agencies access to DMV records (which travelers must give permission to access, via the application, anyway) strictly for processing of Trusted Traveler Program applications.

This is certainly good news for any Global Entry holders from New York (like me!) who had their permits set to expire sometime soon! My Global Entry will expire next year but you are able to start the renewal process up to one year before expiration. Since it can take quite a long time for this to happen (my last renewal happened very quickly), it is best to start it now.

Enrollment Centers Still Closed

The website is already taking New York applicants yet again. But, remember that the CBP Enrollment Centers are still closed until September 8. While renewals can happen without another visit, some people do need to make an appointment so keep this in mind.

Also, there are not that many Americans traveling outside of the US right now anyway and Global Entry (at least as of June) was not open in US airports, due to coronavirus. So, for the first time in like 10 years, I had to go to an actual CBP agent at the window. Since there were so few flights entering the US, it was quick and seamless and I was on my way!

Longer Time Given for Applicants and Renewals

Since it is not possible to visit an enrollment center (except for the On Arrival stations in many locations), the CBP is extending the time for applicants and renewals to accommodate these centers’ closures.

“Every applicant now has 545 days from the date that CBP conditionally approves his or her application to complete the enrollment process. In addition, CBP will extend for up to 18 months the program benefits of members who apply for renewal before their current membership expires.”

So, if you are a NYS resident, you can now go ahead and renew your Trusted Traveler program. Good news, indeed! No matter what, make sure you use a credit card that actually reimburses you for that fee, too. 🙂

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About the author

Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

3 Comments

  • Hi Charlie, My Gobal Entry expires in March, 2021. Any advantage in applying for renewal now vs. waiting until later this year or early next year?

    • Hi, James – It will renew from your current expiration date so it won’t really matter as far as that. Personally, I would go ahead and renew now since it may take a while for an appointment, should they require one for you. Good luck!

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