Application Assistance
We want your application to go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us:

E-mail adm@arccorp.com
Phone +1 703.816.8085
Phone +1 703.816.8086

Verified Travel Consultant Program

Run your travel agency...your way.
The Verified Travel Consultant (VTC) program is designed for those agencies that ticket indirectly through alternative methods, such as a host or a consolidator, but not directly through a GDS. VTCs are full service agencies - store-front, home-based, or hosted - typically specializing in leisure travel. We have VTCs who are with a host, a consortium, brand new agencies, experienced agencies, and everything in between. With the coveted ARC number, as well as a toolkit full of products, programs and services, the VTC program allows agencies to truly measure their return on investment. As the fastest growing participation program in the industry, more and more agencies are realizing that the VTC program is the best investment they can make in their businesses.

We've got the only number you'll ever need.
Your agency is unique. So is your ARC number. Every ARC participating agency receives its very own ARC number, an important benefit. An agency's commission earnings and independence are directly tied to this widely recognized and respected identifier. An ARC number means the ability to work directly with suppliers-meaning no more split commissions. Many suppliers track agencies' sales activity by their ARC numbers to verify participation, make commission payments and track sales volumes.

  • A unique ARC number, used as an identifier by travel suppliers worldwide
  • More than 10,000 commissionable destination activities from ARC MarketPlace
  • Travel agency service fees through Agent's Choice
  • Revenue-preserving exclusive fraud prevention services and alerts
  • ARC VTC Mark on your agency's website to brand your ARC participation
  • More money in your pocket from a guarantee of full commission, thanks to your individual ARC number
  • A broadened industry supplier base
  • Streamlined, more efficient business processes with cutting-edge sales and marketing tools
  • Enhanced market visibility and recognition as a verified travel agency through Agency List File
  • An easy, quick way to check a travel agency's participation status with ARC Check
  • Up-to-date security information and fraud protection
  • Independence for your unique agency brand
  • Access to industry training and educational webinars
  • As a prospective new participant, you will need to create a MyARC Account and submit the application online and review the VTC Handbook.
  • To ensure a quick response, please complete the entire application kit prior to submitting, including attaching all materials due.
  • The non-refundable application fee is $105, and the VTC annual fee is $195, which will be prorated your first year.
  • Once the application is received, it is reviewed for completeness and compliance with the VTC requirements. The initial review process typically occurs within 10 days of ARC receiving the application.
  • A follow-up communication will confirm the status of each application and advise the applicant of any missing information.
  • ARC will make a final decision based on a review of the application and other documentation and a case-by-case on-site interview, and we will notify you of your status.

Application Requirements

Applicants undergo ARC's meticulous approval process, including:

  • A background and credit check
  • The submission of a tax ID number and required state licenses
  • The submission of a Personal Information Form for owners and officers
  • An established bank account with ARC
  • The return of all stock and plates (if applicable)

Want to reclassify from Arc Accredited Agencyto VTC?

  • You must complete the VTC reclassification application and submit it online to ARC along with the application fee.
  • The statement of ownership form must match ARC's current records for your agency.
  • You must also complete the Affidavit for Accountable Traffic Document Destruction/Return Form.
  • The non-refundable reclassification application fee is $54, and the VTC participation annual fee is $195.

No. The VTC program is a participation program for travel agencies. You do not book your travel through the VTC program. Because each VTC receives their own ARC number, they are able to book directly with the supplier themselves; entitling them to 100% of the commissions.

Absolutely. Host-affiliated VTCs value their unique ARC number, provided by the program, because it helps forge their own identity with those suppliers (not that of the host), and also allows them to keep their full commission rather than a percentage of a shared commission often distributed by a host.

The VTC program gives your agency an identity and the ability to brand your agency from the very start of your client engagement, and all the way through the relationship with the client. While marketing your business to your clients and when distributing documents, you can brand your agency as a VTC -100% - eliminating the possibility that your clients will see a host agency brand, and not yours. Additionally, if your agency does enough business with a preferred supplier or suppliers, to the point where your agency could secure top tier commissions if you booked direct with the supplier, then as a VTC you can retain 100% of the top commissions without having to split it with a host.

VTCs are included in the ARC Agency List File, which suppliers subscribe to for marketing, sales, and commission distribution purposes.

The average turn around for a VTC application, including a complete review by an Accreditation Specialist, is 30 days.. The verification process has been in place for more than 20 years and is respected by both agents and suppliers alike.

The VTC program offers travel agencies with the opportunity to do what no other agency program can - provide an agency identification number, PLUS provide revenue generating programs, products, and services. The ARC number is a key element to the VTC program as it is widely respected and recognized across the industry. ARC MarketPlace and Agent's Choice separate the VTC program from the rest. Both developed with the agency in mind, to boost the bottom line.

Other competing programs have different offerings, some of which may be more appealing. We urge you to do a comparison on what would be best for your business. We are confident you will find that the VTC program provides the best value to travel agencies - storefront, home-based, new, or established.

Your investment includes:

  • The ARC number
  • Access to the Agent's Choice service fee and credit card processing program
  • Access to enhanced ARC MarketPlace commissions
  • Inclusion in the ARC Agency List File
  • Inclusion in the ARC Check VTC confirmation tool
  • The VTC Mark

Your agency does not need to belong to ARC before you can apply for the ARC number; it is inclusive. With the tools and services offered, VTCs can achieve a positive and recordable return on investment.

VTCs have access to the travel agency service fee program through Agent's Choice. VTCs have a maximum transaction limit of $25,000 of transactions per week and $10,000 per transaction.

You would need to complete and submit the New Agent Application and meet certain personnel standards (to include an ARC Specialist), provide a bond, letter of credit or cash deposit in the minimum amount of $20,000. For more, about the Arc Accredited Agencyprogram, click here or contact us at sales@arccorp.com.

You must complete the VTC reclassification application through the Accreditation Tool in MyARC, and submit it to ARC along with the application fee. The statement of ownership form must match ARC's current records for your agency. You must also complete the Affidavit for Accountable Traffic Document Destruction/Return Form.

Yes

ARC will make every effort to assign the old ARC number, but unfortunately, this cannot be guaranteed.

No. The VTC reclassification program is only available to independent travel agencies.

All VTCs are urged to notify their preferred suppliers of their change of status within ARC, which includes introducing the new ARC number (if applicable). Consider this effort an extension of your marketing and something comparable to your agency relocating or changing a phone number. Your suppliers should be accommodating, and if required your agency will need to provide a copy of the VTC approval letter. VTCs can also refer suppliers to ARC Check where they (the supplier) can enter an ARC number and instantly verify a VTC's status online.

Application FAQs

VTCs have access to the travel agency service fee program through Agent's Choice. VTCs have access to most of the offerings on ARC MarketPlace. VTCs have a maximum transaction limit of $25,000 of service fee transactions per week and $10,000 per transaction.

Participation in the VTC program provides VTCs with access to commissionable products and services such as ARC MarketPlace, which includes passport and visa expediting services. Additionally, VTCs have access to ARC's travel agency service program, which allows VTCs to collect revenues from service fees, VTCs are also included on the Agency List which is recognized by industry suppliers. And the VTC does not require any minimum sales volume or investment.

You would need to complete and submit the New Agent Application and meet certain personnel standards, provide a bond, letter of credit or cash deposit in the minimum amount of $20,000. For more, contact us at adm@arccorp.com or review the new agent requirements at the travel agency accreditation page.

Reclassification FAQs

You must complete the VTC reclassification application and submit it online through the Accreditation Tool in MyARC, along with the application fee. The statement of ownership form must match ARC's current records for your agency. You must also complete the Affidavit for Accountable Traffic Document Destruction/Return Form.

Yes

No

No. The VTC reclassification program is only available to independent travel agencies.