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Old 12-16-2023, 11:49 AM
Location: NC
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I want to visit someone just across the border between the US and Canada. Realizing there is a need to have an identity document I went online to see what is needed but there are mixed bits of info. My issue is I don’t have a passport, just a “Real ID” type of driver’s license. The latter required showing my birth certificate plus any name change documentation and evidence of local mail receipt. A passport seems to need the same documents. They both have photos.

So, can I use my Real ID to drive or fly into Vancouver? Having moved a couple times in the last couple years I would like to avoid looking for the necessary documents again and waiting the weeks it takes to get a passport. In the old days a routine driver’s license and an American accent was all that was needed. But now I have the “enhanced” driver’s license.

Thanks for any recent experience notes. This would be for early 2024.
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