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DETROIT – With the weather warming on the Great Lakes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations wants to remind pleasure boaters to report their off-site arrivals into the United States using the CBP ROAM™ mobile app.

CBP ROAM App
C​​​​BP ROAM App

CBP ROAM™ is a free mobile application that provides an option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet located at local businesses to satisfy reporting requirements.  Users can now use the CBP ROAM™ application’s new Cruising License feature that allow users to apply for cruising licenses and report arrivals at domestic ports of call.

“CBP’s ROAM app significantly reduces the need to physically enter a CBP Office to report your arrival,” said Director of Field Operations, Christopher Perry “This offers a significant time savings benefit for both CBP and the boating community.”

CBP ROAM™ qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator’s legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection in accordance with 8 CFR 235.1 with some exceptions:

•           Travelers who require an I-94.

•           Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and

•           Other circumstances as applicable.

Travelers input their biographic, conveyance, and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer (CBPO) review. Once done, travelers receive push notifications and emails with their admissibility decision and next steps if applicable.

Getting Started

Travelers should download the CBP ROAM™ app on their web-enabled smart device. Please note that a free login.gov account is required to use the CBP ROAM™ app. After signing in, users can create and save traveler and conveyance profiles. These profiles can be reused for repeat entry into the United States.

To use CBP ROAM™ on your personal smart device, download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. In certain locations, the CBP ROAM app can also be accessed on tablets at partner locations.

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