AUTOMATED I–94 STAMP IN FOREIGN PASSPORTS
On April 30, 2013 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began automating the I-94 (Arrival/Departure Records) process. With this new process, the Ports of Entry (POE) personnel will swipe the traveler’s foreign passport and an electronic I-94 record will be created. CBP will no longer issue a paper I-94 to most travelers.
Instead, the information generally provided in the paper I-94 will be stamped on the traveler’s foreign passport with the date of entry and expiration date but no I-94 number.
Additionally, CBP will issue travelers guidance about how they may retrieve their I-94 number from a CBP website as necessary.
Refugees, derivative asylees, and parolees will continue to receive a paper I-94. CBP will strike out the pre-printed number and hand-write the true I-94 number on the document.
This I-94 number will be necessary when applying for a Driver’s License or Identification Card. Please see Acceptable Identification for the complete listing of the required documents.
Anyone presenting a Foreign Passport, as part of their acceptable documents must have an I-94.