Can a DUI Exclude Me from the NEXUS Program?

Virginia Landry and staff

Do you travel back and forth between the United States and Canada frequently for work or pleasure, or both? If so, you may be very interested in hearing about the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened individuals to enjoy “expedited processing” when they are entering the United States and Canada.

When someone becomes a member, he or she gets to walk through dedicated processing lines at the following locations:

  • Northern border ports of entry,
  • NEXUS kiosks at Canadian airports,
  • Global Entry kiosks when flying into the United States from a Canadian Preclearance airport.


If you travel frequently between the U.S. and Canada, you know that you can spend a lot of time before you board a plane and after you step off the plan. When you have places to go, people to see and business to attend to, it can be a hassle. When you join the NEXUS program, your wait times are reduced at the designated ports of entry because you get to:

  • Use NEXUS kiosks when you enter Canada.
  • Use dedicated processing lanes when you get to border crossings (no more waiting in long lines).
  • Use the Global Entry kiosks when you arrive in the U.S.

“I travel back and forth between the U.S. and Canada regularly because of my work. Am I eligible for the NEXUS program?” You should be eligible if you are a U.S. citizen, a Green Card holder, a Canadian citizen, or a Mexican national who’s a member of Viajero Confiable, Mexico’s traveler program. However, you may NOT be able to participate in the NEXUS program if you:

  • Lie on the application.
  • Provide incomplete information on the application.
  • Have ever been convicted of a criminal offense (including driving under the influence).
  • Have pending criminal charges against you (including DUI).
  • Have an outstanding warrant.

Note: To be eligible for the NEXUS program, both the U.S. and Canada have to approve your application. If either country denies your application, you will be barred from participating in the NEXUS program.

Related: Can a DUI Stop Me From Getting a U.S. Passport?

Facing DUI charges in Orange County and concerned it will affect your travel to Canada? Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. at once!

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