FAST Denial and Revocation Appeal Attorney

United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Border Patrol and the Canada Border Services Agency administer the FAST Card Customs program. FAST stands for  Free and Secure Trade Card and is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program. FAST Card membership allows frequent importers, carriers and drivers between the United States, Canada and Mexico to quickly cross land and sea border checkpoints. Thus, FAST facilitates the free flow of commerce within North America.

Most applications for FAST Card program membership are quickly approved. However, some applications are rejected, for a variety of issues discussed below. Thus, some applicants may require the assistance of a FAST Appeal Lawyer to secure their FAST Card program membership. The application and enrollment process for FAST is similar to that of Global Entry. Applicants establish an account with CBP on the GOES system, which is the Global Online Enrollment System. CBP then either conditionally approves or denies the application. If the application is conditionally approved, then the applicant will schedule an interview with a Customs & Border Protection Officer at a FAST Enrollment Center. The interviewing Officer will then either approve or deny the FAST Card. Separate applications must be submitted for the United States-Canada Northern Land Border and the United States-Mexico Southern Land Border. A FAST Card Denial Appeals Lawyer can assist applicants who have been denied FAST program membership. 


There are several reasons that a FAST Card application for importers, carriers and drivers will be denied. The most common reasons for denial are criminal convictions and Administrative Customs Violations. Any criminal conviction will result in a preliminary denial of FAST Card program membership. These convictions include everything from simple Battery and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol to Domestic Violence and Narcotics Sales. Most Administrative Customs Violations, even minor violations such as Failure to Pay Import Duties and Failure to Declare Food and Beverages, will also result in a preliminary denial of FAST Card access. There are several options for appealing a denial of FAST. 

CBP will generally issue a written reason for denial of FAST Card program membership. Denied applicants can author a written Appeal to the CBP's Office of the Ombudsman. In the Appeal, the applicant must discuss the reasons for the denial, show sufficient rehabilitation, demonstrate a need for FAST and provide clear and convincing evidence that they are not a security risk to the security of the United States. The Ombudsman's Office will consider the Appeal and decide whether to issue provisional approval for FAST program membership, or uphold the denial. If provisional approval is granted, the applicant will schedule an interview with a Customs and Border Protection Officer at a FAST Card Enrollment Center for final approval and enrollment.

If CBP does not state a reason for denial of FAST Card program membership, an applicant may file a Traveler Redress Inquiry with the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, also known as TRIP. When applying for redress through DHS Trip, the applicant will be issued a Redress Control Number. TRIP requests are similar to Appeals in that legal arguments must be properly presented and documented in order to receive an adequate response. TRIP requests will generally result in a written reason for denial. TRIP can also overturn a denial of FAST access and issue a provisional approval, pending an interview with a supervisor at a FAST Card Enrollment Center. However, the process usually involves TRIP stating the reason for FAST Card denial and the Ombudsman's Office overturning the denial pursuant to a written Appeal.

Another option involves writing a Complaint directly to the Department of Homeland Security/Customs & Border Protection. The Complaint essentially functions as an Appeal of the denial of FAST Card program membership. Sufficient legal reasons and arguments must be covered in order to properly file a Complaint directly with DHS and CBP regarding a FAST Card program membership denial. 

FAST Card denials are common, which is why a FAST Appeals Attorney may be necessary to help you overturn your denial of FAST program membership. However, a complication with FAST as compared to Global Entry and SENTRI is that Canada views criminal convictions and Customs Violations more harshly than the United States. In many instances, a DUI criminal conviction or Failure to Declare Customs Violation will render an individual ineligible to even enter Canada without filing a detailed application or Waiver request with the Canadian Consulate. If you are a businessman or traveler denied FAST Card program membership, contact a FAST Card Appeals Lawyer today. 

**Please note that we cannot represent FAST program applicants in appealing decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency, nor can we represent any individuals in any matters of Canadian law.** 


Individuals who are already FAST Card program members can face the revocation of their FAST membership. A FAST Card revocation can result due to a criminal conviction or Administrative Customs Violation. FAST Card memberships are usually revoked upon renewal, or subsequent to CBP learning of a violation. It is not uncommon for passengers and travelers to have their FAST Cards seized by CBP Officers upon entry into the United States. Once seized, FAST Card members can Appeal the revocation decision. If the revocation is overturned by the Ombudsman's Office, a meeting with a Customs and Border Protection Officer is required at a FAST Card Enrollment Center for full reinstatement of FAST Card access. FAST Card privileges are generally suspended or revoked pending the final outcome of the FAST Card Revocation Appeal.

Similar to a denial of FAST program membership, individuals facing revocation of their FAST program membership can file an Appeal of the revocation with the Ombudsman's Office. However, FAST Card revocation appeals cannot generally be filed with the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, or TRIP, or directly with Customs & Border Protection. It is necessary to show that the revocation will be in error and that the FAST member does not present a security risk to the security of the United States. A FAST Card Appeal Attorney will be able to assist individuals with matters involving FAST Card Revocation.

If you are facing a FAST Card revocation, contact a FAST Card Revocation Appeal Attorney for representation. Our FAST Card Revocation Lawyer understands the difficulties experienced by Americans who frequently travel to Canada and Mexico for business reasons when faced with FAST program membership revocation. 

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