Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ID needed when Crossing the Border

Some confusion on what is the minimum ID required when entering the US, for both US citizens and Canadians.

Passports are not required for land/sea crossings into the US until 1 June 2009.

The minimum requirement is the good old fashioned drivers license with photo and a birth certificate. Most of us have these documents and for 2008 there is no reason to run out and obtain any other type of document.

Land/Sea Travel

U.S. citizens ages 19 and older must present documentation that proves both identity and citizenship. Identification documents must include a photo, name and date of birth.

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens ages 19 and older must present documentation that proves both identity and citizenship. Identification documents must include a photo, name and date of birth. Children ages 18 and under will only be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

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Identification Documents*

- Driver’s license or identification card issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory, or municipal authority
- U.S. or Canadian military identification card

* All identification documents must have a photo, name and date of birth.

Citizenship Documents

- U.S. or Canadian birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory or municipal authority
- U.S. Consular report of birth abroad
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- U.S. Citizen Identification Card
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Canadian certificate of citizenship without photo

For Americans entering Canada, the drivers license and birth certificate is all that is required.

If transporting firearms into Canada or the US the following is posted for your convenience.

Visitors to the United States with Firearms

Bringing Firearms Into Canada

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