Passenger ID Policy
Amtrak® passengers 15 years of age or older must present acceptable Identification (ID) when purchasing tickets, checking baggage, sending Amtrak Express® shipments, and on board trains when paying fares or if otherwise requested. Acceptable ID includes a driver’s license, passport; government agency ID card, and other specific forms of ID.
All ID must be current and valid. Contact Amtrak for specific details, including requirements for passengers 15 to 17 years old who do not have their own ID.
Crossing the U.S. / Canadian Border - Documentation Required
If you are crossing the border by land or sea, including on Amtrak trains and
Thruway services, you must have one secure Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiativecompliant document that proves both citizenship and identity.
For United States citizens 16 and over, this document must
be one of the following: passport, passport card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS,
SENTRI or FAST), enhanced driver's license, Merchant Mariner's Document, U.S.
military ID with military orders or form I-872 (American Indian Card).
For Canadian citizens, this document must be one of the following: passport,
trusted traveler card or enhanced driver's license.
For citizens of other countries, a passport and, in many
cases, a visa are required. A passenger age 15 or younger who does not have one
of the above documents may present a copy of his or her birth certificate
For further information and to determine what is required for your particular
situation (including permanent residents and others not mentioned above),
contact the appropriate U.S. or Canadian government agencies prior to
Passengers under age 18 not traveling with both parents require a letter from
any parent not present giving permission to cross the border. If one parent is
deceased, bringing a copy of the death certificate will minimize questioning
and delay at the
border. Children under 18 may not cross the U.S./Canadian
border unaccompanied. Exception: A child 16 or 17 may cross the border
unaccompanied if he or she is returning to the country of which he or she is a
citizen. Example: A 17 year old child who is a citizen of Canada may return to
Amtrak and VIA® Rail Canada will require your date of birth, your country of
citizenship, and your identification information. This will be entered into
your reservation record and provided to border authorities. If you do not
information, we are unable to accept payment or issue your
Admission into either country is solely at the discretion of border
authorities, and possession of required documentation and the provision of
required information in no way guarantees entry. Neither Amtrak nor VIA Rail
Canada nor any other carrier is in any way liable if you are denied entry or
removed from the train or bus.
For more information about crossing the border, contact your local Customs or
Immigration Office prior to boarding the train or visit:
Customs and Border Protection)
cra-arc.gc.ca (Canada Revenue Agency - Canada Customs)
(Citizenship and Immigration Canada)