RFID Enabled Travel Documents
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been upgrading ports of entry with RFID technology as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. These RFID readers will be used to read the new enhanced driver’s license/passport cards like the ones pictured below. These new RFID travel documents will be used at land and sea border crossings only.
The CBP installed the first permanent RFID readers on the U.S.-Mexico border at the U.S. Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona in September. RFID technology will be installed at 39 land border POEs and is expected to reduce wait times significantly. These RFID readers will also be used for CBP Trusted Traveler Programs such as NEXUS. This video from Intermec shows how NEXUS utilizes RFID technology to make travel easier and gives you a good idea of what these new readers will offer travelers.
For more information about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative or other travel enhancements you can view this PowerPoint presentation from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.