Canada-US Border Crossings: New Passport Requirements come into effect June 1 for Canadians and Americans

New Passport Requirements for Canadians and Americans

Well the day is almost here where Canadians and Americans will require passports, enhanced drivers license or a travel card such as a NEXUS or FAST card in order to cross the border. On June 1, presenting a birth certificate or a traditional drivers license to a customs officer will not be sufficient to cross the Canada-US border.

New Passport Requirements unlikely to result in being denied entry

However, US and Canadian officals have promised to be somewhat flexible in applying the new rules at least at first. If you do not have the new required documentation, it is therefore unlikely that you will be denied entry to the US or Canada. Instead you will be warned and will be given instructional “tearsheets”.  For more information on the new passport requirements, go to our previous blog on the subject here.  Happy Crossings!

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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