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Old 02-20-2002, 01:56 AM   #1
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Can I get into Canada with just a drivers license.? I figure I could ask here becuase at least a few of you from WA went to the Tbird TSD.
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:08 AM   #2
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Take your passport.

We all had them looked at when we passed through.

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Old 02-20-2002, 02:25 AM   #3
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It's the getting back into the US that's the trickier part. Technically, you need "proof of citizenship" for which a driver's license alone won't do -- they've recommended bringing your birth certificate, too, but the all-in-one document is the passport.
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:27 AM   #4
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Yea bring your passport, they were very rude to me going both ways because I didn't bring it
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:40 AM   #5
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Used to be they'd just ask if you were US citizens and let it go at that... unless you told a little white lie, in which case they lock you in the clink and throw away the key.

With all this security crap I don't know how tough it is to get through. I'm tempted to strip naked and go through without ID.

No really... if you're over 18 a driver's license will do the trick. They may frown at you, or even swear at you... but Sara made it back from the Virgin Islands with nothing more than a driver's license, and we had to go through Customs in Puerto Rico. I carry my birth certificate at all times, just in case.
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:55 AM   #6
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If you are driving, see your insurance company about a temporary card to take up to canada with you. They are free and MAY be checked for, bur probably wont. Though if you do like I did and drive twice the posted KMH limit in MPH (like going 80 MPH in a 40 KPH zone) you may want to take it

He he... but officer, I thought the KPH to MPH multiplier was 2X!!
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Old 02-20-2002, 03:28 AM   #7
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Just came back from Whistler last week. Getting back into US is the hassle. You will be asked for proof of citizenship. A driver's license won't suffice. You will need a certified copy of your both certificate or a passport. You don't need both just one or the other. My passport was expired and I couldn't find the copy of my original birth certificate prior to going to Canada. I went to the King County bldg in downtown Seattle a couple of days before going to Whistler. I got a certified copy of my birth certificate for $13. It took all of 20mins. This and my drivers license is what I gave the borderguard coming back into the US of A. Hope this helps. Oh yeah, the easiest crossing is Aldergrove in Lynden. Take the Meridian street exit like you are going to Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham. Stay on Meridian heading east. It will veer north and you will end up at the bordercrossing in Lynden. Came through this way both directions. Super easy!! The dutyfree gals were super friendly too.

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Old 02-20-2002, 03:34 AM   #8
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Well, I found my birth cert. and with my WA state drivers license I should be ok.. I was just worried I would not be able to find my birth cert, and I don't have a passport. I am not worried about insurance, because I am only going 10 miles into Canada and then back. I know about the langley border crossing, but it not really a short cut becuase I am only going to Wolfe Subaru in Surrey. I get to pick up my rear waist spoiler... hehehe..
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Old 02-20-2002, 07:20 AM   #9
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How in the world does someone get a Passport?

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Old 02-20-2002, 09:59 AM   #10
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you have to purchase one...
the Govt building in down town Seattle is the easiest place to get one...
forms and info:
http://travel.state.gov/

passport info... how to...
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004578.html

I have had to get 2 now... lost the first one!

Birth Certs...
if you were born in WA order your birth cert here:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm
it arrives in DAYS...

good luck all
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Old 08-14-2004, 04:38 AM   #11
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Can i get into canada with just a state id and birth certificate? I know it will work with a license but can a state id do? Im just trying to visit for a week.

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Old 08-14-2004, 04:47 AM   #12
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Can i get into canada with just a state id and birth certificate? I know it will work with a license but can a state id do? Im just trying to visit for a week.

please help
Should work - state ID, as long as it's not expired, should work just as a Driver's License would. And the birth certificate should be an official copy (stamped, etc), not a photocopy.

Getting into Canada is easy - they're easy going and don't care much cause they know you're going to spend money. Getting back to the US is a pain. We had our car searched, even under the hood.
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Old 08-14-2004, 04:53 AM   #13
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thanks brainbot5000, i was really nervous that they would reject it, it would toatally mess up my vaction and my friends.theyd hate to drive back to chicago, just to drop me off.
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Old 08-14-2004, 08:35 PM   #14
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Post-9/11 it makes the most sense to just get a passport. Not that expensive, and can save a lot of headaches.

Reading between the lines I'm guessing that's not an option for you at the moment timing-wise, but I wanted to make the point for general info's sake.

I assume your state ID has your picture on it? If not then all bets are off...
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Old 08-18-2004, 01:12 AM   #15
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They couldn't have cared less on the way into Canada. Trying to get back into the US, they gave us a world of crap for only having our licenses, and threatened not to let us in. But they caved eventually. I would definitely recommend taking at least your birth cert. if not a passport.
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Old 08-18-2004, 03:10 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by H8YNERS
Take the Meridian street exit like you are going to Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham. Stay on Meridian heading east. It will veer north and you will end up at the bordercrossing in Lynden. Came through this way both directions. Super easy!! The dutyfree gals were super friendly too.

Stephen
Oddly enough meridian actually is all north south....lived up here two months till i fugured that one out. Allways thought it was paralell with sunset.

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Old 08-18-2004, 12:15 PM   #17
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Basicially, just an ID will get you a nice long lecture, and result in you getting back in. You should, however, bring proper ID.

Passports are good things to have anyway. It takes forever to get a new one, so you might as well do it now before you *really* need it.

-Justin
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Old 08-18-2004, 12:21 PM   #18
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I drove to Calgary last weekend and picked up Janusz Komorowski's wrecked rally car and didn't have any problems coming back. I had an expired passport and the other 2 guys had government i.d's. We didn't even have to import the car due to it being wrecked and only used for parts. On a sidenote, it's sad to see the 2003 Canadian PGT champion car being stripped and eventually having it's shell sitting in a junkyard on Whidbey Island. Oh well, the parts are gonna do us some good

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Old 08-18-2004, 07:03 PM   #19
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bring a birth certificate, I know that you can go back and forth through with only a drivers license in Mexico. at least driving in.
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