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Do you need a passport to drive to Canada?

  • terra22 Posts: 1199
    QUOTE Dec 25, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    I don't know if you need a passport to get over the border through car.

    Can anyone help me out? Or point me in the direction to get a passport really quick?

    =D
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    QUOTE Dec 25, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    You only need your driving license *at the moment* if you are a US or Canadian citizen although they did a few years ago bring in a requirement that you have a passport. This has since been suspended because of the huge numbers of people without passports, but is very likely to be reinstated in the future.

    In short: no not at the moment. But you should get a passport anyway. And be prepared to be questioned by the immigration officer. You will need to tell them the address you'll be staying at and how long you'll be there. If you don't have a passport, they are likely to question you more.
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    QUOTE Dec 25, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    I went 2 or 3 years ago and had to bring my birth certificate.
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    QUOTE Dec 25, 2008 10:42 PM GMT
    Are there bunches of hot Mounties in their red coats at the border?
  • Timbales Posts: 13814
    QUOTE Dec 25, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    Buckwheet saidAre there bunches of hot Mounties in their red coats at the border?


    no, but if you cross in northern New York there tends to be some hot French-Canadian guys working at Canadian Customs.
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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    They've been mentioning how you will need a passport to drive to Canada a lot lately but it seems like they keep pushing the date back further and further so I dunno when that will come into effect. Last time I went last year they didn't need a passport just your drivers license and birth certificate.

    I'd say just get a passport. They aren't hard to get you have to fill out some forms, I went to the main post office in my town to get one, I think you need your birth certificate and a license and I think that's it but I can't remember. It didn't take long and they can take your picture there if you dont have one but for a fee. You give them some money and the forms which you get there and then a few weeks later you get the passport in the mail. The time it takes depends on how busy it is around the country, there is a fee if you wanna expedite it, I was told it would be 10 weeks but I got it in 2 or so, again it just depends. I dunno how it is in other states though.
  • JayneCobb Posts: 709
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    I believe you do need your passport now. Not 100% sure but fairly certain.
  • ryzinho Posts: 1
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    I work for the canadian government so here is the info you need a government issued photo ID and an orginal birth certificate or a passport. This will work until June when you will be required to have a passport to re-enter the United States.
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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 1:26 AM GMT



    Yep, we gots da Mounties! Like ryzinho says, good ID for now.


    grit your teeth, us Canadians are insanely polite.


    -us
  • CAtoFL Posts: 829
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    The U.S. Government requirements are here:

    http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/index.shtm

    The relevant information for land/sea travel is:

    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. View the complete list of acceptable documents at CBP.gov for land travel (http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/ready_set_go/land_travel/) and sea travel (http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/ready_set_go/sea_travel/).


    BUT, get a passport! What if you had to fly home from Canada for an emergency?
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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    I was thinking of going to Montreal after New Years, and thought I needed to get a passport (at least that's what it seemed like from reading the websites). I sent in an application about 12/5, and I got my new passport a few days ago. Granted, it was a renewal, so that might have made it go so speedily.

  • Delivis Posts: 2332
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 3:45 AM GMT
    From everything i have read, as of January 23, 2007, you need a passport to get into Canada.

    I have always taken my passport with me when meeting people in the US but i know until fairly recently you could do it with just a driver's liscence.
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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    ...and you made this topic BEFORE that talk... you really are something else buddy. no one else knows terra in real life like i do but he really is a fake piece of shit...
  • Delivis Posts: 2332
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    Greg0ry979 said...and you made this topic BEFORE that talk... you really are something else buddy. no one else knows terra in real life like i do but he really is a fake piece of shit...


    How is it that terra22 threads have an uncanny ability to descend into drama regardless of the topic?

    Hehehe.
  • Mikeylikesit Posts: 1020
    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 4:16 AM GMT
    terra22 saidI don't know if you need a passport to get over the border through car.

    Can anyone help me out? Or point me in the direction to get a passport really quick?

    =D



    Just climb in my trunk, and I'll take you across the Border!!.....
    LOL.........

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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    was there last yr, they want passport. especially if you want to come back to the state
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    QUOTE Dec 26, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    BoardRider53 saidI believe you do need your passport now. Not 100% sure but fairly certain.


    If you're a North American, you don't need one to go to Canada, but you need one to come back into the US. I spent 2007/2008 living in Canada.
  • mynyun Posts: 1345
    QUOTE Dec 27, 2008 9:31 AM GMT
    Mikeylikesit said
    terra22 saidI don't know if you need a passport to get over the border through car.

    Can anyone help me out? Or point me in the direction to get a passport really quick?

    =D



    Just climb in my trunk, and I'll take you across the Border!!.....
    LOL.........






    Dude, only if you are in the trunk with me.

    But I think you can get a passport (for the first time) at the Post Office.
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    QUOTE Dec 27, 2008 9:46 AM GMT
    Two forms of ID or passport..... I think... I remember my friend almost not being able to get back in.... Drivers licence + birth certificate... I may be wrong.
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    QUOTE Jan 04, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Birth Certificate is fine..

    I used my Canadian passport and citizenship card to get into the states last week for some cross boarder shopping.

    Buffalo is wonderful.. The Galleria is a good mall. It was exciting going into my first Ruehl.
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    QUOTE Jan 04, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    Greg0ry979 said...and you made this topic BEFORE that talk... you really are something else buddy. no one else knows terra in real life like i do but he really is a fake piece of shit...


  • MSUBioNerd Posts: 1811
    QUOTE Jan 04, 2009 11:42 PM GMT
    As previously linked, you do not need a passport. A birth certificate combined with a government-issued photo ID is sufficient. My Dad lives in Canada during the summer, and while I have a passport, my brother does not, so we've had to check this out.

    For those of you near the US-Canadian border, I recommend looking into the NEXUS program. I've got a card, and the time and hassle saved for even a handful of crossings per year is well worth the $50.
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    QUOTE Jan 05, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
    For United States citizens, and according to the United States Department of Homeland Security:

    Reading http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/index.shtm and
    http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html it will become clear that either a passport CARD, or a passport BOOK, are the default requirements when entering the United States via any means. For land entry, from Canada, a passport card is acceptable. A passport card (started in 200 is not acceptable for international air travel. Only a passport book can be used for international air travel.

    I encourage you to read the documents for a fuller understanding.

    Because the borders have been open for so long, there has been slow enforcement of the new policies.

    You might also wish to review http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/ready_set_go/land_travel/.

    As well, http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/travel/vacation/ready_set_go/sea_travel/faqs/land_sea_documents.ctt/land_sea_documents.pdf will provide you more options, such as the Trusted Traveler Program (3 options), for entry by land to the southern and northern borders of the United States.

    And, finally, you'll find some exemptions, too, like:

    As of June 1, 2009 U.S. & Canadian citizens under the age of 16 (or anyone under 19, if traveling with a school,
    religious, or other youth group) need only present a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Canadian
    Citizenship Card, or a naturalization certificate. Birth certificates can be an original, photocopy, or certified copy.

    You'll probably want to dig on this for yourself, contingent to your particular situation.

    Your enforcement may vary.
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    QUOTE Jan 05, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    I am visiting Montreal in February and I was informed by the local Post Office that by the summer, a passport would be necessary to re-enter the US from Canada.
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    QUOTE Jan 05, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    Singing Mounties: