Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology helps the Canada Border Services Agency meet the growing demand for enhanced traveller screening processes at select land ports of entry while enhancing security.


[On-screen text: RFID Radio Frequency Identification]
[Several vehicles approach inspection booths at a port of entry]

[Narration:] The Canada Border Services Agency, CBSA, is constantly modernizing its infrastructure at ports of entry across the country.

[On-screen text: “Display your card” in English and French with arrow pointing forward on RFID sign]

[Narration:] One of the latest improvements at select land border crossings is the addition of RFID, Radio Frequency Identification technology.

[A vehicle approaches the RFID scanner with RFID logo and the words “Display your card here” in English and French]

[A female driver opens the vehicle’s window and holds up her enhanced driver’s licence to an RFID scanner]

[Narration:] These designated traveller lanes can read travel documents with RFID chips, such as enhanced driver’s licences and NEXUS cards.

[A picture of an Ontario enhanced driver’s licence and a NEXUS card appear on screen]

[A mock diagram of the enhanced driver’s licence and NEXUS card being transmitted to a secure database appears above the cards]

[Narration:] From the small RFID chip embedded in the card, the traveller’s information is retrieved from a secure database and transmitted to a CBSA officer’s screen as the car approaches the booth.

[Border services officers are at their respective booths to process travellers]

[A vehicle pulls up to an inspection booth and an officer talks with the female driver]

[Narration:] This saves time, as it eliminates the need for the officer to manually input the traveller’s information.

[On-screen text: “Display your card here” is written in English and French on RFID sign]

[Narration:] Automated database checks, using RFID technology, greatly supports front line officers in the performance of their duties, improves and speeds up the border crossing process for travellers, and enhances border security for Canada.

[The officer looks at his screen to process the traveller while she looks on]

[The officer waves the traveller through the port of entry and the car moves on]

[Port of entry with multiple lanes and cars waiting in line]

[Narration:] For more detailed information on RFID, visit

[On-screen copyright text: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, 2017.]

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