New border rules take effect June 1

Published on Thu, May 28, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Motorists who plan to travel to Canada in the near future will need to carry documentation that complies with tighter security standards imposed by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

Effective June 1, the U.S. is requiring travelers to present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the U.S. Most travelers will require one of the following documents:

U.S. citizens

A passport issued by the U.S. government, a passport card, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI), an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), a military ID with official travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner document.

Canadian citizens

A passport issued by the government of Canada, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI), or an EDL.

U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 will be able to present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship.

For more information about WHTI travel requirements, visit www.getyouhome.gov.