Radio Frequency Identification Technology

Radio Frequency Identification technology uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify and track tags attached to objects. RFID is wireless and requires no contact between the reader and the tag. The tag allows further information to be retrieved from databases.



The CBSA is adding Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to traveller lanes at select ports of entry (POEs) across Canada.

RFID technology saves time by eliminating manual entry of traveller information. This helps the CBSA meet the growing demand for fast and efficient traveller screening.

How it works

Travellers enter inspection lanes with their RFID-enabled travel documents. The RFID reader reads the RFID tag number as their vehicle approaches the booth. Traveller information is retrieved from secure databases, assessed for risk and then displayed on the border services officer's screen.

There is no cost to travellers if their travel documents are already RFID-enabled.

What documents can be used?

Many travel documents are already RFID-enabled. The CBSA can read all of the following Canadian and U.S. travel documents:

  • electronic Canadian Permanent Resident card;
  • Canadian Enhanced Driver’s License from Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia;
  • Enhanced Identification Card from Manitoba and British Columbia;
  • U.S. Enhanced Driver’s License from Vermont, New York and Michigan;
  • U.S. Passport Card;
  • U.S. Electronic Permanent Resident Card;
  • NEXUS card; and
  • Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card.

Where is RFID available?

We have deployed RFID technology at the following land POEs:

British Columbia




We may implement RFID technology at other sites across the country.

Quick Facts

  • RFID-enabled lanes are regular lanes that all travellers can use, with or without RFID-enabled travel documents.
  • RFID technology is the wireless, non-contact use of radio frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects.
  • The RFID chip and reader allow for RFID-enabled travel documents to be read and displayed from a distance, prior to a vehicle’s arrival at the primary inspection booth.
  • No personal information is stored on the RFID chip.
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