On December 6, 2010 Global Entry, a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative, at Washington-Dulles International Airport exceeded 75,000 users. The program was created in hopes of speeding up processing at international airports for “pre-approved trusted travelers.”
Global Entry was launched at Dulles on June 6, 2008, where there are currently 14 self-help kiosks which assist the pre-approved travelers in avoiding long lines and completing their session in less than a minute. Average processing times for all the Global Entry kiosks is approximately 56 seconds compared to a wait of 60 minutes for a regular traveler going through primary inspection. Partaking in the Global Entry program is voluntary and there are a few requirements such as: possessing a US passport or permanent resident card, paying a $100 application fee, submitting an online application and attending an interview with a CBP official.
For more information on how to apply to the Global Entry program, visit www.globalentry.gov.