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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AB12 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Collection of Biometric Data From Aliens Upon Entry To and Exit From the United States 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required by statute to develop and implement an integrated, automated entry and exit data system to match records, including biographic data and biometrics of aliens entering and departing the United States. In addition, Executive Order 13780, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 13209, states that DHS is to expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system. Although the current regulations provide that DHS may require certain aliens to provide biometrics when entering and departing the United States, they only authorize DHS to collect biometrics from certain aliens upon departure under pilot programs at land ports and at up to 15 airports and seaports. To provide the legal framework for CBP to begin a comprehensive biometric entry-exit system, DHS is amending the regulations to remove the references to pilot programs and the port limitation. In addition, to enable CBP to make the process for verifying the identity of aliens more efficient, accurate, and secure by using facial recognition technology, DHS is amending the regulations to provide that all aliens may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 19 CFR 215.8    19 CFR 235.1   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1365a    8 U.S.C. 1365b   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  07/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Hardin
Director, Entry/Exit Policy and Planning
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Field Operations, 5th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 325-1053