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Customs Clearance

Breeze Through Customs With Flying Colors

Spend more time seeing and doing, and less time waiting in lines with our easy-to-use, color-coded wayfinding system. Simply determine which color matches your travel status and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Important News/Alerts

*Currently, there are renovations occurring in Customs through January 2018. This construction will enhance process improvements and help travelers move through Customs more efficiently. Please allow time extra time for traveling through this area.*

Customs Process

When you’re flying internationally, we want your arrival at DFW to go as smoothly as possible. We’ve designed our customs areas to maximize traveler flow, dramatically reduce wait times and get you to where you need to go. 

Ask yourself these questions and determine which color best suits your status. 

1. Who am I?
2. Where do I go?
3. What do I do?

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Customs Color-coded Wayfinding System

U.S. or Canadian Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, Visa Waiver/ESTA, B1/B2 Visas
• You are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or hold a Visa Waiver/ESTA, B1/B2 Visas.
• Follow the ORANGE signs to the Automated Passport Control kiosk.
• Scan your Passport and answer a few questions on the touchscreen.
• Present receipt to Customs and Border Protection officer at exit.

All Travelers with Carry-On Only
• You are traveling with carry-on items only and no checked baggage.
• Follow the GREEN signs and proceed through Carry E-Z processing.
• Proceed through exit and bypass baggage claim.

Foreign Visitors with Non-qualifying Visas
• You are an international traveler whose status does not match any other category.
• Follow the GRAY signs to Customs and Border Protection booths.
• Provide your declarations form for processing.
• Present receipt to Customs and Border Protection officer at exit.

Global Entry Program Members
• You have applied online at, paid the $100 application fee, completed an in-person
interview and received approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
• Follow the BLUE signs to a Global Entry kiosk.
• Scan your Passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place your fingertips on the scanner for verification
and make a customs declaration.
• Present receipt to Customs and Border Protection officer at exit.

Mobile Passport Control (MPC)
• You are a U.S. or Canadian citizen and have downloaded the MPC app.
• Open your MPC app and submit answers about your trip.
• Follow the WHITE signs to the MPC express lane .
• Present and scan your QR Code to Customs and Border Protection officer at exit.
• Visit for full qualifications and to download the MPC app.

Global Entry

We offer the Global Entry Program to speed frequent US citizen travelers through even faster lanes, skipping paper Custom declaration forms and traditional lines when reentering the USA. Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program is available at select airports nationwide, including DFW. If you’re a frequent international traveler, this program is your ticket to the fast lane.

Upon landing at DFW, Global Entry travelers bypass the passport control line and proceed directly to automated kiosks to answer Customs declaration questions. Then, they will be issued a ticket and directed to bag claim.

DFW's Global Entry office is also located at Terminal D, Lower Level, in the hallway just south of the International Arrivals area. Follow the overhead sign to Global Entry to a door with a "Department of Homeland Security" seal on it.

Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival Program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has also launched Enrollment on Arrival at DFW for conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview, the final step of the Global Entry enrollment process, while clearing CBP processing. The program will shorten enrollment wait times for travelers. Customers returning from an international destination who have been conditionally-approved for Global Entry can have their enrollment interview conducted at CBP booths 35 or 36 in the Passport Control arrivals hall as part of their entry processing to complete their Global Entry enrollment.

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