Passport & Identity
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Passport and Identity
In an effort to enhance security and efficiency at U.S. borders, the U.S. government is now enforcing new passport requirements for all travelers entering or re-entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Travel between the U.S. and U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will not be affected. Please note the changes cited below and how they might affect your travel plans.
Traveling on Amtrak - Photo ID Required
Amtrak customers 18 years of age and older must produce valid photo identification when:
- Obtaining, exchanging or refunding tickets
- Storing baggage at stations
- Checking baggage
- Sending Amtrak Express shipments
- Onboard trains, in response to a request by an Amtrak employee
Travel By Land/Sea
Beginning January 31, 2008, the United States ended the practice of accepting oral declarations of citizenship at the border.
In accordance with the WHTI:
Currently the U.S. government has implemented the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
CHILDREN: U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card.
Groups of U.S. citizen children ages 16 through 18, when traveling with a school or religious group, social organization, or sports team, will be able to enter under adult supervision with originals or copies of their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship. See the Department of Homeland Security's GetYouHome.gov for more information on the changing travel requirements.
All U.S. citizens including children must present a passport or secure travel document when entering or re-entering the United States by air.
Some states offer enhanced drivers licenses to its residents for crossing the Canadian Border. Check with your RMV for their availability.
For more information on passport requirements, and for information on how to obtain a passport, please visit: State Department Passport Information website
For additional information on border crossing procedures, including items you are allowed to bring back from a trip, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.