Most people know that Global Entry is good for 5 years but some people have Global Entry for almost 6 years. The most obvious assumption is that Global Entry expires 5 years from the date you applied and paid the $100 application fee or 5 years from the interview and final approval date but the expiration date is based on your birthday.
Global Entry expires 5 years after your next birthday following the date you are approved for Global Entry. Depending on your interview date and date of birth, your Global Entry membership will be valid for at least 5 years – but could valid almost 6 years after the date you are approved.
For example, my sister and I both applied for Global Entry on June, 2013 but our interview was scheduled and we were approved in November, 2013. Since my birthday is in October, my Global Entry expires 5 years after the first birthday after the approval date (October, 2014) with an expiration date of October, 2019. Because of this particular rule, I will have Global Entry for almost 5 years and 11 months. If my birthday was in December for example, I would have Global Entry for only 5 years and 1 month. My sister’s birthday is in March so her Global Entry will expire in March, 2019 even though we both interviewed and we were approved on that same date.
If you have yet to apply for Global Entry or have applied and need to schedule your Global Entry interview, it might be a good idea to schedule your Global Entry interview shortly after your birthday in order to maximize the amount of time your Global Entry is valid for. By timing your Global Entry interview and approval date after your birthday, you will have Global Entry (and TSA Precheck) for close to 6 years rather than 5 years.
If you don’t remember your interview/approval date, you can find your Global Entry expiration date when you log into your Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account at https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/ (if you had a GOES account you will have to register again).
(For more information on how to apply for Global Entry see related posts: Guide to Global Entry: Application and Interview Process and TSA Precheck vs. Global Entry: Which Is Best For You?)