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NEXUS Iris Scan Locations

If you intend using your NEXUS pass for travel by Air, you must have the NEXUS Iris scan. During the NEXUS interview you stand in front of a special infra red digital camera that focuses on your eye and captures unique iris biometric data. The camera takes high-resolution images of the detail-rich, intricate structures of the iris – it works on pattern-recognition techniques.The iris scan technique should not be confused with retina scanning – a process that is not used to take NEXUS card biometric data collection. Iris scans are converted into digital templates, which provide mathematical representations of the iris that provide an unmistakable positive identification of an individual, which lasts the lifetime of NEXUS pass membership. While there are some medical and surgical procedures that can affect the color and overall shape of the iris, the fine iris texture remains remarkably stable over many decades.  Iris scan recognition effectiveness is rarely impeded by glasses or contact lenses and it is now hailed as the ideal part of the human body for biometric identification overtaking fingerprinting in its effectiveness of identification. There are no associated side effects in taking an iris scan – it’s just the same as having your passport photo taken! It`s not compulsory for Infant Nexus applicants to have to have an iris scan nor do the visually impaired. You may choose to  have your child’s iris scanned for NEXUS if you prefer and in many instances this is a good idea as there have been incidents when border officials have not allowed families with children to use iris scanning lanes, forcing them queue up in lengthy crew lanes.With the Knowledge that an iris scan is non-invasive and a totally harmless procedure, it is worth the effort if your child can sit still through the iris scan photo process.


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The following NEXUS Enrollment Centers offer iris scanning.

Fort Erie, Ontario

10 Central Avenue
Ft. Erie, Ontario 
L2A 6G6

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Champlain, New York

237 W. Service Road
Champlain, NY

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Woodstock, New Brunswick

1403 Route 95
Belleville, NB
E7M 4Z9

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
International arrival area
1st floor
1 Bell Boulevard 
Enfield, Nova Scotia 
B2T 1K2

Monday to Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
International arrival area, Room T1470 
Room T1470
Montréal, Québec
H4Y 1H1

Monday to Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
1000 Airport Parkway Private
Suite 2641, Level 2 (south)
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1V 9B4

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pearson International Airport
Departure Level
Post H
Mississauga, Ontario
L5P 1A2

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 8  p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
International arrival area, Lower level
North end of the terminal, Room 1023A
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3H 1C1

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Calgary International Airport
Main Terminal
Across from U.S. Departures
2nd Floor departure level
2000 Airport Road North East
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 6W5

Saturday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Edmonton International Airport
Departure level, South Terminal
P.O. Box 9866
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 2T2

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Vancouver International Airport
International terminal
Level 3, U.S. Departures
Richmond, British Columbia 
V7B 1K6

Monday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Downtown Vancouver
333 Dunsmuir St, 1st floor 
Vancouver, B.C.
V6B 5R4

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


NCS does not guarantee approval for any Trusted Traveler program. Inaccurate or incomplete NEXUS pass application forms are automatically denied access to the NEXUS cards program.

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