Your agency must be located in and authorized to do business within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and/or American Samoa.
There is a $2,300 application fee for new agencies. Your agency must also provide a bond, letter of credit or cash deposit in the minimum amount of $20,000.
Your agency must have a designated agency manager and an ARC Specialist, at least one being a U.S. citizen or resident. One person may serve as both roles. See the Agent Reporting Agreement (ARA) for more information.
Your agency must provide entity papers, an Employer ID Number and any licenses for local jurisdictions. For more information, see the Industry Agents' Handbook (IAH).
If your agency isn’t ready to start ticketing through ARC, but wants the other benefits of participation, apply to become an ARC Verified Travel Consultant (VTC). You’ll be able to brand yourself as a travel agent, receive an agency ID and be included on ARC’s Agency List, recognized by industry suppliers. The application fee is $195.
I don’t think travel agencies completely understand the resources ARC provides
and the vast knowledge their staff has in the travel industry. Since we are so
new to the industry, having a trusted partner to guide us is very powerful.
Check out ARC’s most frequently asked questions about becoming an ARC agent.