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Old 11-14-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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Im an international student from TX and plan to drive to Colorado with my friends( we gonna drive through New Mexico) to ski during Thanksgiving, I need to take absolutely passport, driving license and what else essential ??Should I take my I-20 sth in case??I mean immigration documents?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:41 PM
 
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Wink Documents & tires

If no immigration lawyer, my feeling if you are legally in the United States as a student, then it should be no issue traveling to Colorado or any other state.

Just bring with you any document you feel necessary to have with you in Texas. Some form of identification is helpful, and a passport is always excellent for that. If planning on driving, then the driver's license, which in most cases will serve as all the identification one will need anywhere. If suggested upon entry to this country that you have immigration documents with you, then of course do so. No idea on that. But perhaps much of this might be left safely at home, if someone you know could produce them if need be.

Until recently one could drive anywhere within this country at will, and crossing any state line was only notable by the welcome sign at the border. Things have changed, and while that is still largely true, the police in various states now feel free to conduct un-Constitutional road blocks. New Mexico is one of those states, and has done so in the past. Therefore you should a valid form of identification with you that proves you are legally in this country.

Chances are you will encounter none of that, unless venturing too close to the southern border. It is a long drive through New Mexico to Colorado, so expect as much. The weather and road conditions can be quite variable this time of year, and it has recently snowed in the high country. So aside from any document, be sure and drive a decent vehicle with proper tires, slow down if on snow-packed roads, and

have a great time.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:29 AM
 
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Thank you sooo much for all the specific interpretations and your opinions. I feel much more clear right now, and hopefully I can have a great time with my friends.
Hope you can have a nice thanksgiving too!
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I don't think you need to be paranoid, but at a minimum probably your passport, ID, and maybe copies of some other immigration documents.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:41 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Having lived oversees for many years in the past, I always had my passport, driver's license and the passports of my children on me at all times. Never needed to use them but wouldn't want to be without them. I imagine and I hope the same here in US in needing your passport or student papers. Anyone that is driving is in need of his driver's license.
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