Can Global Entry be Renewed After It Expires? Yes, and it may only take a couple weeks. We have personal experience with this, since, while I've kept my and my son's Global Entry up to date, my husband inadvertently let his lapse during the pandemic, when we weren't traveling much.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed its enrollment centers in mid-March 2020, and only reopened them for in-person interviews September 8, 2020 (although Enrollment on Arrival remained available). This created a huge backlog of applications and delays in processing them.
Global Entry is valid for 5 years, and travelers are able to renew Global Entry in the final year before expiration. Those who apply for renewal before their membership expires even have their enrollment extended for 18 months past their actual expiration date, to help ensure that there's no interruption with being able to use Global Entry as CBP works through the pandemic backlog.
Fortunately, for other travelers in my husband's situation who have inadvertently let their Global Entry membership lapse, there may not be much of a wait for their lapsed Global Entry reapplication to be approved. He applied on June 22, 2021 at the Trusted Traveler Programs site, and today, two weeks later, his Global Entry membership was reapproved, with the ability to use it immediately and no need for another interview. His previous Global Entry number even remained the same.
If you've applied (or reapplied) for Global Entry in the past few months, how long did it take for your application to receive conditional approval or full approval?
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I also let GE renewal lapse. I applied July 17 2021. Aug 10th, Still in Pending Review. I hope this changes soon. This is my 2nd renewal. My last renewal 5 years ago was within days with no interview.
Sorry to hear your Global Entry renewal is still pending over 3 weeks later; fingers crossed it’s approved soon!
Any update? I am in the same boat it expired 11 days ago
I got the global entry/TSA-PRE combo back in 2015. So of course, now it’s been expired for over a year. Today I went to go renew online, and they were going to charge me a $150 processing fee + $100 for the actual global entry?! Insane. And apparently, my TSA-PRE number isn’t recognized in the TSA-PRE renewal/lookup system! So crazy that these systems are so separate. So am I locked into renewing my TSA-PRE only through global entry? Appreciate any guidance here.
My understanding is that if you don’t renew Global Entry and only want TSA PreCheck, your TSA Pre would be a new application, at https://www.tsa.gov/precheck, for the $85 fee. If you have a premium credit card such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, AMEX Platinum, Citi Prestige, United Club Infinite, etc. your TSA Pre or Global Entry fee is reimbursed every 4 years. Yes, unfortunately TSA PreCheck is administered by the Department of Homeland Security, while Global Entry is the province of U.S. Customs and Border Control. If it’s important to you to expedite re-entry into the U.S. after international trips,… Read more »
How long was his GE expired for before he renewed?
His Global Entry expired a little less than one year prior to his renewal application.
How did he reapply? I don’t have the “renew” button next to my expired membership and I’ve tried multiple browsers…I’m less than a month having missed the email…
My GE expired on 8/15/2021, Renewal started on 10/11/2021 and is still pending (11/9).
Has your renewal gone through yet?
My GE expired in Sept. 2021. I renewed in Oct. 2021. It’s now Feb. and still pending review.
I found this post when I realized my Global Entry membership expired, also because I wasn’t travelling during the pandemic. I was encouraged. But now it’s over 8 weeks later, and I still don’t even have a “notification” or interview request on my account page. No idea how long this will take.
My GE expired just 10 days ago and I submitted my renewal application today. Does anyone know if the amount of time since expiration (<2 weeks in my case) has any bearing on the processing time etc.?
My Global entry expired in Nov 2021 as I stupidly checked my husbands card instead on mine and they expire on your birthday ( so he still has till April) . I reapplied through login.gov on 12/30/21 and paid for a new application and it is still pending 3 1/2 months later. I have emailed and am waiting for a response but in the meantime have had to pay for TSA pre-check. I have tried calling but the lines are always busy. So frustrating ! Does anyone have a suggestion ? Thanks !
I understand your frustration. I let mine lapse for 3 months. I renewed on January 29 and still “pending review” as of April 24th. So 12 weeks and no update. I too wrote but did not hear back. 😞
Mine expired on 12/19, sent in renewal on 12/25, it’s 5/20 and still no update, it’s in process, I’m wondering should I just reapply? It’s been 5 months.
Amy, have you tried contacting the Trusted Traveler Help Desk at https://help.cbp.gov/s/questions?language=en_US or by phone at 877-227-5511 (press 1 for English, then 3 for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry; line is open weekdays 8:30am-5pm ET)?
Hi, my wife started to not get TSA precheck when she traveled.. We couldn’t figure out why until we figured out that we (well, me, apparently) had let her precheck lapse this past Feb of 2022. We are all Global Entry. I went online and renewed her in late March of 2022. When I logged back in with a week or so, she had been approved. No appointment necessary or anything. So that’s a nice data point.
I submitted my renewal application on June 22, 2022 and I was approved on June 24, 2022 for 5 years and using my old card. I used the Trusted Traveler website that is recommended in the post.
Can I ask: had your Global Entry expired and, if so, for how long had it lapsed?
My Global Entry expire 2 years ago, I reapplied for renewal a month ago and still waiting.
My GE was expired by about 5 months. My online renewal took one day, with no interview needed. Color me shocked, and delighted!
My husband’s expired. We applied for renewal two months ago and it is still “pending review.” I guess he won’t be able to use it for our trip in two weeks….
My passport expired late 2020, and GE mid-2021. I wasn’t going anywhere, so I let them both go. I just got my passport (Dec 2022) and submitted a renewal for GE, though I guess I could have preemptively renewed in 2020. TTP website says processing times are 4-6 months, it’s only been a whole day.
My husband’s GE expired a month before mine, and he renewed his within the past month. No interview required, got his card in a week.
I assume I’ll need an interview.
Thanks for the data point on your husband’s Global Entry renewal; hope that yours will also renew without needing an interview.
Thanks! Not even 15 minutes ago I got the approval email, no interview needed!
Super, so glad it worked out!
I submitted a renewal application almost 1 year prior to expiration im October 2022. My card is now expired but i still use it and it works in the sentri lane and also i just came back from Germany in January 2023 and I used it through the kiosk but the. had to do a quick check with CPB officer because my receipt did not print out. I explained to the officer Im allowed to travel on an expired card for 24 months as long as I applied prior to Expiration. She looked me up on computer and then said… Read more »
Husband, myself and two children applied for GE 6 days ago, got conditional approval 5 days ago, and we had our interviews today. We were officially approved and it is already reflected on our Trusted Traveler pages. Start to finish is less than a week! It seems like they are moving much more quickly now. I will say we chose to drive to a city 1.5 hours from where we live because all of our local appointments are booked indefinitely. I found this article because my dad mentioned his Sentri is expired and he has been waiting almost a year… Read more »
Great to hear your Global Entry was approved so quickly, thanks for sharing your recent experience!