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Old 06-19-2017, 12:37 PM
 
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Yep. That's it. The US border in Alaska only needed my DL but told me to have a passport next time i travel abroad.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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Nonetheless, they can and have turned people away at the border for not having a passport. You don't really need one to go into Canada; you supposedly are required to have one to pass the U.S. border. I'd say you got lucky at the Alaska border. I would never advise anyone to try it.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Agreed on the passport. They state it is required for entry back into the USA and I would not roll the dice on that one. They've been requiring passports for a while now.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:26 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Yep. You have to prove to border patrol your identity and that you are a US citizen. The approved method of doing so is showing a US passport. If you lose your passport or something, you can jump through some alternative hoops, but personally I wouldn't deliberately gamble on getting a nice and efficient agent who'd promptly do so without causing me problems, let alone on various agencies communicating effectively to verify my identity in a timely manner. Much easier to just do it the right way and swipe the passport if you have the option.

Plus, might as well have a valid passport in case stuff doesn't get sorted promptly with this Real ID mess.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Maryville,TN
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We went ahead and got passports for all of us, so there will be no issue there! I found a job and I start August 9th! We begin our journey to Alaska in just a little over a week. We are excited! Thank you EVERYONE for your input and opinions! They were a huge factor in our decision and it would have been a lot harder without y'all!
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:51 PM
 
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Please post updates. Would love to live vicariously through your adventures.
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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OP should have arrived several weeks ago. Update needed.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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OP should have arrived several weeks ago. Update needed.
They might not have an internet connection, yet.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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They might not have an internet connection, yet.
Or, too busy getting settled to mess around with an internet forum right now.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Or, too busy getting settled to mess around with an internet forum right now.
True!
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