A new certification process is starting to come into play for travelers and business travelers who want to prove their identity and eligibility to enter the United States.
The process is being implemented in phases, beginning with those who applied for a CBPA certificate last month.
The department will test the credentials of applicants for the next few months.
It will then send out a final certificate to those who complete the process.
A person who has applied for the certificate must then be fingerprinted at a port of entry and a government-issued photo ID at a CBSA checkpoint.
The CBSA is accepting applications from those who are seeking certification as of Dec. 15.
The first batch of certification applicants are expected to be certified on Jan. 12, 2017.
The next batch of certifying applicants will be issued on Feb. 1, 2017, and will take a final exam from Feb. 11.
The certifying examiners will select a random applicant to take their exams from, based on the criteria set out in the regulations.
They will then submit their certificate and a letter of approval.
There will be no fee for the certification process.
For more information about the certification, visit www.cbpa.gov.
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