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Old 01-23-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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16+ is good for 10years.

I "Timed" my son 1st passport (5 years) when he was 11, so his renewal would be when he was over 16 so it would be good for 10 years.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I didn't read through this entire thread, so if this is a repeat, I apologize.

Bite the bullet and get the passports. Just do it. Free photos if you are AAA member. If not, cost of photos is cheapest at Costco, or DYI using various sites on the internet (if you are pressed for time, I wouldn't personally do the DYI method. I've heard that the passport office is turning many of them down an unacceptable.)

Please call your insurance company for information about auto insurance when you are driving in Canada. I know that our car insurance did not cover us in Mexico, and would guess that Canada may be a similar problem.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Into Canada, Yes.
Into the USA, No

An adult will need a passport or a enhanced drivers lic .

"You will need one of the following forms of ID: a passport, trusted traveler cards such as NEXUS, U.S. Military identification with military travel orders, US Merchant Mariner Document, Native American Tribal photo ID card or a US passport card."

Children 16 years old or younger may enter Canada with only a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card.
Groups of U.S. citizens ages 16 to 18 may enter Canada with a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card if they are traveling for religious, school, sport or other organizational reasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

You will not be asked to present your passport or documentation to Canadian officials when entering Canada but you will be asked for it by the U.S. customs /border official.

Enhanced lic – This is a driver’s license that can also be used as a cross-border travel document to enter the U.S. by land and sea. It denotes both identity and citizenship, per the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. It's not valid for international air travel.

Your military ID is only good if you have military travel orders from the Govt.

The travel initiative requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. It is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).
This tells ya all you need.

Since I live close to the Canadian border and have relatives in Canada, I have both an enhanced driver's license and a passport. Since I always have my license with me, I don't have to worry about making a short "detour" to Ft Erie or Niagara on the Lake while I'm visiting the Buffalo area.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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If you are near the Canadian border it would be worth it to apply for the NEXUS trusted traveler program. It only cost $50 but you get all of the benefits of the Global Entry program for half the price.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:11 AM
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Location: SE WI
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Please call your insurance company for information about auto insurance when you are driving in Canada. I know that our car insurance did not cover us in Mexico, and would guess that Canada may be a similar problem.
Exactly. My brother had his truck stolen at the Toronto airport. It was a total loss since he did not have policy revised to drive it in a foreign country. $27,000 down the drain.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Exactly. My brother had his truck stolen at the Toronto airport. It was a total loss since he did not have policy revised to drive it in a foreign country. $27,000 down the drain.
Most insurance covers travel in Canada, usually the limit is within 100 miles of the border or something like that. Regardless, check with your insurance company.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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We drove across into Quebec 2summers ago. Getting into Canada was easy spent 2 to 3 minute stops while the agent looked at our passports, said "welcome to Canada"
Going back into the US was not as easyGot all kinds of questions as to why we as Floridians would be in Quebec....what are had with us where we stayed etc

There was also line of cars to get into the US. While we wretre the only ones going in to Canada at the time.
Passports are needed. Also the guy asked if the car was ours or rented but asked for no documents.

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