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Old 07-07-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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It's been many years since I've done this. Is a driver's license and/or expired passport acceptable? Also, is a birth certificate good enough for a child? He has a different surname than me but I'm on the certificate.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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You need to have a valid U.S. Passport or Nexus card in order to enter Canada, whether by land, sea, or air. You cannot enter Canada with only drivers' license anymore since past few years unfortunately.

Your child needs a valid Passport as well. Bring the certificate as well. If you are divorced, a written document is needed by your ex spouse stating that the child is permitted to travel to Canada.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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Crossing into US border by car

It's been many years since I've done this. Is a driver's license and/or expired passport acceptable? Also, is a birth certificate good enough for a child? He has a different surname than me but I'm on the certificate.
No. It's even more restrictive driving into USA than into Canada. If you are going into USA you will need a valid drivers license or other ID and a valid, up-to-date passport for yourself and a passport for your child. Both passports will have to show the same residence address. Having the child's birth certificate and/or other ID is helpful. If the child has a different surname then even if your name is on his birth certificate showing yourself as the birth-parent you will still be required to show legal proof that you are the child's guardian and that you have lawful custody of the child.

If you don't have all that it might be assumed at the border that you are not the legal guardian and are trying to kidnap the child and take the child into the other country.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Maybe it doesn't hold true for Canadian citizens, but U.S. Citizens under 16 can still enter with a birth certificate via a land crossing.

See: http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/...egulations.pdf
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Maybe it doesn't hold true for Canadian citizens, but U.S. Citizens under 16 can still enter with a birth certificate via a land crossing.

See: http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/...egulations.pdf
Valid passport is still needed.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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If you are Canadian, you absolutely do NOT need a passport to drive into the US. Your birth certificate or enhanced drivers license will be quite acceptable.

However, if you are not a Canadian citizen but have permanent residence in Canada/landed immigrant status, you do need your passport and an I94 visa which you can get at the border. You will be fingerprinted and your photograph taken, and the visa will be good for 90 days.

travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states

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Old 07-07-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...-residents-%2F

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Canadian Citizens' passports are NOT required to be valid for six months past their intended date of departure. Their passports must only be valid up until the date of their intended departure.

All Canadian Citizens entering the United States by AIR are required to present a valid passport, or an Air NEXUS card when departing from a designated Canadian airport.

By Land and Sea (including ferries) - Canadian citizens traveling to the U.S. by land or sea are required to present one of the travel documents listed below, and may generally visit the U.S. for up to six months. CBP will accept: Canadian passport, Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card, NEXUS, FAST/EXPRES and SENTRI enrollment cards.


Children: Canadian citizens 15 years old and younger arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate or a Canadian Citizenship Card. Canadian Citizens 16 and older must have a valid passport, unless traveling as part of an organized group described below.......
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:46 AM
 
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If you are Canadian, you absolutely do NOT need a passport to drive into the US. Your birth certificate or enhanced drivers license will be quite acceptable.
Interesting,, i was under the impression that you needed a passport to enter the US by car,however doing a bit of research seems to indicate you dont need a passport.
Be assured they will ask for a passport at the border,what happens when you tell them you dont have one? i have no idea as i have a passport that was no big deal or expense to obtain.
Anyone have recent experience of driving to the American border and saying you dont have a passport?

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Old 07-08-2013, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Aloverton
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Interesting,, i was under the impression that you needed a passport to enter the US by car,however doing a bit of research seems to indicate you dont need a passport.
If so, this is bizarre. I am told that while I might not need a passport/EDL to get into Canada, I will need one to get back into my own country. So this would mean that Canadians don't need a passport to get into the US, but US nationals need one to get home. Only our precious government could come up with something like that.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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It's been many years since I've done this. Is a driver's license and/or expired passport acceptable?
Renewing it is cheap and takes no time at all. I got a new one within a week.
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