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Old 05-31-2014, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'll be in Tijuana on the 24th, and, it's been awhile, I'm going to ask a number of customs guards, when there, showing my passport to them: What would happen if I didn't have this with me?

Last time I did this, was 3-4 years ago, and we'll see what their response will be this time, after this time period.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Lawless Wild West
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Just giving a heads up.
We were stopped at the border coming back. I had my expired passport along with my driver's license and my husband had his naturalization certificate from 1993. The rest of his family had current passports. Asides from the 10 minutes taken to ask questions, have dogs sniff at the van we were driving in, and the other 10 minutes to go to their office to call whoever to verify, we were allowed back in the United States without a hitch, probably because it was 3 in the morning and most businesses were closed?

It wasn't embarrassing or anything, I actually thought it was pretty cool and the border patrol agent's face at my husbands Naturalization paper was priceless xD But, the next time we go, we will both have our passports current just in-case.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:51 PM
 
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My kids a have a passport card but is about to expire do they need a passport card just to go to Juarez Mexico and to come back to the us ?
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:04 PM
 
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My kids a have a passport card but is about to expire do they need a passport card just to go to Juarez Mexico and to come back to the us ?
According to travel.state.gov

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U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by land from Canada or Mexico may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Just giving a heads up.
We were stopped at the border coming back. I had my expired passport along with my driver's license and my husband had his naturalization certificate from 1993. The rest of his family had current passports. Asides from the 10 minutes taken to ask questions, have dogs sniff at the van we were driving in, and the other 10 minutes to go to their office to call whoever to verify, we were allowed back in the United States without a hitch, probably because it was 3 in the morning and most businesses were closed?

It wasn't embarrassing or anything, I actually thought it was pretty cool and the border patrol agent's face at my husbands Naturalization paper was priceless xD But, the next time we go, we will both have our passports current just in-case.
I'm not surprised and glad things worked out for you. Border patrol is not going to refuse entry to U.S. Citizens simply because they don't have passports, though not having one may very well lead to a very delayed entry processing as the authorities verify that you are who you say you are. It also wouldn't shock me if there are potential fines associated with a failure to have a passport when seeking reentry to the U.S.
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