Complete the NEXUS Card Application
As of 2019, you can ONLY apply online using the USA's TTP website (there is no Canadian site). If you want to submit a paper application, as of 2019 you must use a third party such as Border Cards.
Completing the Online Application Using TTP
If you don't want to apply using TTP, submit this application to us
- First, create a US government login.gov account unless you have one already.
- Second, use your login.gov account to access the US government's TTP website.
- Click on "Get Started" unless you're renewing your NEXUS Card or you've created a TTP profile but not finished applying.
Setting up Your login.gov Account
If you already have a NEXUS Card, and are just registering for your login.gov, you will need to provide your PASSID, which you can find on the back of your NEXUS Card.
In order to create your login.gov account, you will have to provide:
- Email address
- Phone Number
The email address must be an email address you have access to. And the phone number should be a cell phone. You will need both in order to access your login.gov account in the future.
Completing the NEXUS Application
There are over 30 steps
to completing the NEXUS Card application online through the TTP site, not including setting up your login.gov account. Don’t want to apply online?
You can save your information at any time and log back into TTP and finish the application at a later date.
First,you must select your situation:
You must agree to the terms of the TTP site every single time you log in. The fine print says that they will share your personal information among various agencies belong to both the Canadian and US governments.
If you chose “Get Started,” above, the next step is to review the steps required to submit an online application for a NEXUS Card.
The first actual step of the online application process is to fill in your “personal information”:
- “Get started” if you've never applied for a NEXUS Card before
- “I’ve already started” to resume an application you began on the site but gave up on.
- “I’m already a program member” for NEXUS Card renewals and replacements.
Once you have provided this information, you are must indicate whether or not you have ever applied for a NEXUS Card or a Fast Card or the Global Entry program before.
Click "Continue". You will then be asked to confirm the personal information you already submitted.
A feature of the TTP process that wasn't present on the old site is a progress chart. At this stage it indicates that you have completed the “Account” stage and now must complete the “Application” section.
The first step of the “Application” proper is to select your citizenship so you can see which programs you are available to you. Anyone who is not an American citizen will have to prove they can legally ented the United States.
Select the program you want to participate in.
Once you have selected your program you must agree to the process the entire application process. Give your consent for a personal background checks on both sides of the border and agree that the CBSA or CBP has the right to refuse your application at their discretion. If you don't agree you can't get a NEXUS Card. Consent to the interview, next, or you will not be able to get the Card.
It's time to provide your personal information again::
- your full legal name
- your date of birth
- your location of birth (town/city, region, country)
- your email address
- your phone number
After you have provided your personal information this time, you need to provide information which will help the CBP and CBSA physically identify you:
- Given name
- Middle name
- Date of Birth
- City of Birth
- Country of Birth
- State or Province of Birth
- Phone Number
- Email Address.
Next, you’ need to declare whether or not you’ve ever used another name (such as a maiden name). If you have ever done so, you’ll need to list any previous surnames you’ve used. At this point you also need to provide any nicknames you have used or currently use officially (i.e. on any documentation with your name on it). So if your name is William but you go by Bill, list "Bill" as a nickname.
Next, confirm your citizenship. The TTP website will guess you are Canadian if you indicated you were not American at the previous citizenship screen. If you are not a Canadian or an American citizen, you will have to prove your eligibility for a NEXUS Card by the following ways:
- your gender (male or female only)
- your eye colour, which you can select from a list of of options
- your height in either metric or imperial
Now enter at least one phone number (a home and/or cell and/or work number). You will NEVER be called by CBP or CBSA. These phone numbers help verify you are who you say you are.
Next, you will have to prove your citizenship you stated previously: if you haven’t yet stated your citizenship you will have to and then you can choose which proof of citizenship you will provide among the options:
- proving you are a permanent resident of one country or the other (with appropriate ID) and
- proving you are admissible to the country you are not a permanent resident of (with the appropriate immigration documentation).
If you are not a citizen of the US, you will have to declare whether or not you are a Permanent Resident of the United States.
If you are not an American citzien or permanent resident, you will next have to prove your admissibility to the US. If you used a Canadian passport to prove citizenship, you can use it to prove admissibility. If you used a document other than a passport, you will have to provide a different document. If you are not a Canadian citizen you will have to prove your admissibility with an immigration document.
In order to be eligible for a NEXUS Card, you must live in the US or Canada. In order to prove that, you need a driver's license or some other proof of address. If you don’t have a valid driver’s license, you are still eligible for a NEXUS Card, but you’ll have to prove your residence using some other proof of address, such as mail.
Once you have added the information from your valid license information, provide your current residential address.
If you have a different mailing address because you live in a development or for some other reason, you must provide this. If you do not provide an address in Canada or the US that mail can be successfully delivered to, you will likely never receive your NEXUS Card.
Additioanlly, you must provide your complete address history for the last 5 years, if different than your current residential address or mailing address. If there are gaps in your address history, your application will be delayed or outright rejected.
The next step is to provide your current employment status. If you are retired, or a student, or applying for a child, this is the step at which you enter that information.
Just like with your address information, you must provide your employment status for the last 5 years, if different than your current occupation.
You must then provide your travel history to countries other than Canada, the US and Mexico. Please note that some territories of other countries (such as some islands in the Caribbean) are listed as separate countries while some are not. If you cannot find the territory you visited on the system's list, you will need to look up the sovereign country that has dominion over the territory you travelled to. (Try Wikipedia when in doubt.)
Last but not least, you must answer a series of questions about your criminal and travel history. Answering “yes” to any of these questions will not result in an automatic refusal, but if you must answer "yes" to one or more of these four questions, make sure that you can explain the situation at the interview by providing supporting documentation of your claims that this should not disqualify you.
Once you have finished the NEXUS Card application, the TTP site lets you view your application. The TTP system will only catch certain errors, such as month-long gaps in your address or employment history. The system cannot catch most typos, aside from some street and city names, you cannot rely on it to catch any omissions on your part which fall outside any of the questions you answered. Review this page extremely carefully or pay someone to do it for you. You must confirm that everything is correct. Failure to submit correct information is grounds for refusal.
After you have confirmed that your information is correct, you must accept privacy statements by both the US and Canadian governments.
You then have one last chance to cancel your application. This page also states the fee (for adult applications).
If this application is for an adult, you must then agree to the fee.
In order to complete the process through the TTP website, you will have to pay the fee by AMEX, MasterCard or VISA. If you do not want to provide credit card information on the TTP website, you will have to apply through a third party.
The last page is confirmation of your fee payment. Print this information for your records.
- naturazliation certificate (US)
- certificate of Indian status
- Canadian citizenship certificate (or card)
- passport (recommended)
- state or provincial birth certificate
- certificate of retention of Canadian citizenship.
Submitting your NEXUS Card Application through TTP
After completing the above application, TTP asks you to check your information and correct any errors you find.
Once you've double-checked your application, you must pay the fee of USD$50 by credit card. You can only pay in US dollars and you can only pay with one of the three approved credit cards
(AMEX, MasterCard, VISA). Don’t want to apply online?
Submitting Your NEXUS Card Application by Mail
As of 2019, you must use TTP or a private company if you wish to mail your application
Want mail in your application? Click here.
- First, you will have to print the pdf application form which is available from websites such as this one.
- Second, you must complete the paper application. If you filled out the pdf application in your pdf viewer on your desktop or using a pdf plugin in your browser, you’ll have to print off the completed version and make sure there is nothing missing.
- Third, you must include your credit card information (AMEX, VISA or MasterCard only). Don't forget to sign the form. Forms without payment information will not be processed.
- Finally, you should include photocopies of your identity and citizenship documents you intend to produce at the interview. and include them in the application.
We will double-check your NEXUS Card application to make sure it's accurate and contact you if any information appears to be missing or contradictory
Once the application and photocopies are in the envelope, mail it to our office:
PO Box 31037
Canada M6G 1C0