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    US Citizens: do you have a passport?

    Today's the day that you can no longer leave/enter the US without one.

    Quote Originally Posted by WCBS
    New Passport Rules Begin For Air Travelers

    (CBS) NEWARK Starting on Tuesday new passport rules go into effect, so you'll need to pack your passport before flying from the United States to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

    Expect to be delayed if you don't have your passport. More changes go into effect on Tuesday for travelers: You will now need a passport every time you want to fly back home to the United States.

    At this point, not even a birth certificate or a driver's license will be enough. And in the past two months passport applications have gone up at least 60 percent.

    The demand for passports could soon be at an all-time high thanks to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative from Homeland Security.

    Americans need to use a U.S. passport when they fly between the U.S. and any point in the Western Hemisphere. It is all in an effort to tighten border security.

    Brad Bevington had vacationed in Mexico without a passport before, but will be affected by the rule changes.

    "Several cruises before, I only used a driver's license. Because of this law I got a passport specifically," Bevington said.

    According to Dean Boyle of the U.S. Department of State, "One of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission was unifying the passports. There were 8,000 birth certificates used before."

    Effective on Tuesday, even a newborn flying back to the United States must have a passport.

    And, if you don't have one of these little blue books in hand, expect to be grilled by U.S. Customs agents, and expect to be delayed.

    Keep in mind, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the Post Office, but it takes four to six weeks to process. If you need one sooner than that, last-minute passports are available through regional offices or private passport service companies.

    The State department says similar passport rules for passengers entering the United States by land or sea could go into effect by this time next year

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    I thought you always needed a passport to get back in, heh. I seem to recall needing to show one when we came back from France. Perhaps because my dad has a French accent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    I thought you always needed a passport to get back in, heh. I seem to recall needing to show one when we came back from France. Perhaps because my dad has a French accent?
    as the first line in the article states:

    Starting on Tuesday new passport rules go into effect, so you'll need to pack your passport before flying from the United States to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

    Previously it was OK to travel to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean with a drivers license.
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    Holy crap... I gotta renew my expired passport... holy crap.. I gotta renew my driver's license...

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    As I don't fly anymore, seems they won't let me bring my '9' on the plane, and I have no plans for international travel I don't forsee needing a passport. Unless the facist state requires I have approved documentation.

    "Your papers, please!"

    Years ago I did fly from the US to Canada and back on just a Drivers License... pre 9/11.

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    I thought you already needed a passport anytime you left/returned the country.

    I have a valid passport though - no worries.
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    I never understood why this wasn't the rule for decades. This is how the rest of the world functions to begin with.
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    Up until 911, you did not need a passport to come to Costa Rica from the USA - only a notorized copy of your Birth Certificate - I traveled that way twice.

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    Everyone in my family has one.

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    Holy crap, i need to get my car inspected!

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    Holy crap, I need to get my banana inspected!
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    I've had a passport since I was eight years old, growing up in a military family it's just something you have. I've kept mine updated since then as I like to travel outside the US as often as time/money allows.

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    That's all good and fine for flying, but what if I were to drive into Canada or Mexico? Would I still need to carry my passport?
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    Yes, Customs is Customs.

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    Why in the world would I ever want to leave this paradise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgasmd
    I never understood why this wasn't the rule for decades. This is how the rest of the world functions to begin with.
    +1

    I'm on passport #2. Got lots of pretty stamps. Private pilots need passports to fly their own planes into the country now, too.

    We always use passports to cross the Canadian border. They seem to let us through with a minimum of questioning. One time the questions went: "Where do you live? Are you both American citizens? Have a nice day." Great security. I'm sure our car and info is "on file" though so they know we're not EvilDoers[tm].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiziley
    That's all good and fine for flying, but what if I were to drive into Canada or Mexico? Would I still need to carry my passport?
    According to the article, not yet:

    "The State department says similar passport rules for passengers entering the United States by land or sea could go into effect by this time next year"

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    Yah, it's only for flying. Even private pilots. Not that I land in Canada much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiziley
    That's all good and fine for flying, but what if I were to drive into Canada or Mexico? Would I still need to carry my passport?
    From the article quoted above:

    The State department says similar passport rules for passengers entering the United States by land or sea could go into effect by this time next year
    As driving into the US from Canada or Mexico would be entering the US by land, at this time you do not need a passport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    as the first line in the article states:

    Starting on Tuesday new passport rules go into effect, so you'll need to pack your passport before flying from the United States to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

    Previously it was OK to travel to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean with a drivers license.
    The key word here is flying. You can still re-enter when driving without one... until next year.

    fwiw - I am not happy about the new rules.
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    you'll need to pack your passport before flying from the United States to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda
    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    The key word here is flying. You can still re-enter when driving without one... until next year..
    That settles it. My next trip to Bermuda will be by car!
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    Gaah! My passport expires in June! I'd better file the renewal application so I can get it back by March!

    By the way, used to be that the State Department would return your old passport automatically, voided, of course. This is not necessarily true anymore. You need to put a stickie note on it requesting that they return it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen
    Gaah! My passport expires in June! I'd better file the renewal application so I can get it back by March!

    By the way, used to be that the State Department would return your old passport automatically, voided, of course. This is not necessarily true anymore. You need to put a stickie note on it requesting that they return it.

    Some countries won't let you in if you've got less than 6 months left on your passport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoops73
    Some countries won't let you in if you've got less than 6 months left on your passport.
    To travel to the USA on the visa waiver program you are required to have 6 months left on your passport.

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