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TPG reader Spencer sent me an email to ask about Global Entry:
“My passport expires this summer, so I plan to renew it soon. Will my Global Entry membership still be valid with a new passport, and do I need a new sticker for the inside back cover?”
One nice feature of the Global Entry program is that a membership lasts for five years, so you don’t have to go through the renewal process too often. Of course, that increases the likelihood your passport expiration date will fall somewhere in the middle. Spencer is concerned about losing the remaining portion of his membership when renewing his passport, but fortunately, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) makes it easy to update your passport information without having to reapply for Global Entry.
If you’ve received a new passport that doesn’t involve any changes to your legal name or citizenship status, then you can update your information through your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. CBP specifies that your Global Entry membership remains valid and active if your passport expires, but you have to enter the new passport number into GOES before you can use your account.
If your new passport does involve a name or status change, then your Global Entry account still remains active, but you can’t update it online; you’ll have to visit one of the enrollment centers instead. You won’t need to schedule an appointment like you do during the application process, but there’s a $25 fee to replace your membership card.
As for the sticker, there’s no need to worry about getting a new one. CBP no longer issues them, and you can use the Global Entry kiosk without it, so your new passport will work just fine.
Keep in mind there are a number of credit cards that offer a $100 Global Entry credit for either new applications or renewals. If you already have a membership, you can use that credit to pay the fee for someone else, which can be a huge help when you’re traveling together internationally.
For more on Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs, check out these posts:
- Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry
- Fast Track Arrival Options Around the World
- UK Citizens Can Now Sign Up for Global Entry
While Citi announced some negative changes to this card back in July — including a lower sign-up bonus, the elimination of Admirals Club access and the end of the free rounds of golf benefit — one of its most valuable perks still remains, which is the 4th Night Free perk. This benefit alone can save you thousands of dollars a year if you use it to its full advantage.