Canadian Border Crossing Identification Requirements
When you are planning a trip across the Canadian border, in addition to needing proof of citizenship, you will be asked to prove your identity. This is standard practice anywhere you cross. Luckily, there are a few ways to satisfy Canadian border crossing identification requirements. Although these requirements are different for children, their documents can be easier to gain access to.
Most people have some form of government-issued identification. In the United States, this typically comes in the form of a driver's license. The identification must include a relatively up-to-date picture, and it must be issued by the government. This is because the Canadian government wants both proof of identity and proof of citizenship. Citizens of the U.S. are fortunate that they can generally do this with one form of ID. Because of this, ID cards from other institutions, like work or school, aren't accepted. Make sure to acquire some form of approved identification before your trip to Canada.
Passport and Other Travel Documents
Carrying your passport is an even easier way to cross the Canadian border. Not only does it fulfill the identification requirements, but it also acts as proof of citizenship. Passports also make it easier to travel back into the United States when your visit to Canada is finished. If you have a passport, whether an American passport or one from another country, this will replace the need for other forms of government-issued identification.
Besides a passport, you can also get into Canada using a NEXUS traveler's card. Some U.S. states also provide enhanced driver's licenses that will be handled at the Canadian border much like a passport would.
Rules for Children
Children don't usually have a driver's license or passport to use for cross-border identification. Because of this, there are different rules for children under the age of 18. Rather than one of the two forms of ID most often used by adults, children (or their parents) need to either produce a birth certificate or a student visa in order to come into Canada. This applies even for infants and toddlers.
Trisha Bartle began her writing career in 2007, with work appearing in publications such as "Adventures for the Average Woman" and DexKnows Weddings. She has also been a professional wedding photographer since 2001. Bartle holds an Associate of Applied Science in programming and game development.
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