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Old 11-10-2000, 04:21 AM   #1
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Talking Do you need a passport to get into canada?

I am heading to N.H. in a couple of weeks and was thinking about driving to montreal.I am not sure what papers are need to get in and most important out of canada.Does any one know?
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Old 11-10-2000, 04:35 AM   #2
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i think all you need is a license. but i could be wrong.
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Old 11-10-2000, 04:38 AM   #3
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Not if you are a US citizen, drivers license is fine.

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Old 11-10-2000, 04:42 AM   #4
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Pay-puhs? You don't need no steenking pah-puhs!
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Old 11-10-2000, 04:47 AM   #5
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Even if you don't have a license, you can get into Canada. Of course, I wouldn't really chance it, just because of the hassle IF one of those underpaid booth workers happens to care. Usually they just ask if you're a US citizen. You smile and say "yes, I am". Then they ask where you're going. I've NEVER been asked to prove in any way that I'm a citizen.
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Old 11-10-2000, 04:53 AM   #6
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Have a Nice Day?

One time, when we were at the FSAE comp in MI, we wanted to go to Windsor for some serious drinkin' (drinking age in CA was 19), so we packed like 10 guys into a Cadillac STS and drove up to the booth. The lady asked if we were all citizens... we said yes. Then she asked us what we were going to do in Windsor....

We had no reply, we just stared at each other!! We should've told her the truth:
"We're going to get blatto!!"
But no, instead we gave her the "duh" face.

Result? She made us pull over and the entire car was searched, and everyone in the car had to provide proof of citizenship....

Note: a drivers license usually isn't enough for this, but they were leniant when they didn't find any drugs or other contraband in the caddy. If I were you, bring the passport along, just for fun....
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Old 11-10-2000, 05:25 AM   #7
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I go up there frequently, and I usually have no problems. But I have been searched (Or rather my car) a couple of times. There was also an instance when the Canadian officials did a more thorough search into my background, via computer.
But for the most part, there is no problem with just your license. Though I passport can't hurt. I think it's time I get one.
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Old 11-10-2000, 05:58 AM   #8
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You can either use a passport or a combination of your driver's license and your birth certificate.
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Old 11-10-2000, 06:06 AM   #9
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A passport just holds more weight than a license and is a more legal document than a license as far as proof of citizenship goes.

All a license does is say, you have the priveledge to drive and this is where they told you that you could.

Speaking of which, my passport expires next month....

Great..post office trip for lunch.

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Old 11-10-2000, 06:42 AM   #10
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Nah just bring a pack of beer. And don't forget to yell Gretsky rocks....
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Old 11-10-2000, 06:48 AM   #11
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Pretty easy to get in/out...

Maybe bring your passport along *just incase*
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Old 11-10-2000, 06:58 AM   #12
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when I went to Niagara Falls for July 4th over the summer I was asked for my passport both times coming and going... I didn't know you could get in with just a license?

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Old 11-10-2000, 07:39 AM   #13
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If you are flying into Canada then you need a passport. If you're driving then a license is usually fine, provided you're a US citizen.
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Old 11-10-2000, 09:39 AM   #14
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holy, why so many different answers?

No, you don't need a passport. this goes for all American States and Mexico as well. I've flown to Hawaii, Acapulco and all over the US without my passport.

Drivers License, birth certificate.
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Old 11-10-2000, 11:15 AM   #15
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So what about someone who's an Resident Alien? What's require then?
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Old 11-10-2000, 11:25 AM   #16
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hey all,
i've driven across to canada like a hundred times. i have cousins there that i love to hang with. basically you should have a passport but they'll let you slide with a licence and (depending on the border cop) a few to alot of questions. in all the experiances i've had i've found out that if you and your passengers are white they generally let you go through. if you or one of your passengers look non-white(any ethnic group), then it usually entails more question and maybe even a search of your car-no kidding!
also i've had my car searched because me and my brother were laughing from a funny joke as we were on line...went up to the booth chuckling and then were told instantly to pull over!
i've found that if you go up to the booth, answer all their questions without too much stamering and show them your licences all should be well. i've been rejected only once and that was cause i had an indian citizen with me(i thought he was U.S.) that didn't have any paperwork except for a licence, and i missed my cousin's B-day party. my uncle even tried to talk to the guy but to no avail. but like i said this happend once, and it was different circumstance than usual.
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Old 11-10-2000, 11:31 AM   #17
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I am a Canadian living in the States (Greencard). I've been going back and forth across the border monthly for the last five years (wife is American). Take a passport and birth certificate; it'll make things easier if they give you a hard time.

The rule of thumb is to take more paperwork than you think you'll need.

As a Canadian I've never been searched going into Canada, and it's been a couple years since I've been searched going into the States. Just be polite and answer the questions honestly and there shouldn't be a problem. Never be confrontational.

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Old 11-10-2000, 11:39 AM   #18
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what greg said is absolutely correct. i tried to sorta say it too but i rambled into weird stories....man this ADD is killing me!


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Old 11-10-2000, 11:47 AM   #19
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I've been across the border a bunch of times and have never been asked to provide any proof of citizenship, but I agree the more paperwork you have the better ... just in case.

The funniest question I was ever asked was on the way to Montreal for the F1 race. The cute French-Canadian girl asked if we would be leaving any "gifts" in Canada. My friend and I looked at each other and decided that a crap is not considered a gift.
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Old 11-10-2000, 05:20 PM   #20
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I flew into Montreal a few years ago. I got in no problem, but getting back into the states was a big hassle w/o a passport. My suggestion is get one and have no worries.
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Old 11-11-2000, 12:09 AM   #21
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So what I got from this thread is no I don't need a passport but if I had one(I dont) take it.Smile for the pretty french canadian girls (dont let my wife see that part)and make sure everybody is white in my car.
Or bring my lic.and birth cert.
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Old 11-11-2000, 12:16 AM   #22
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I go to University at Buffalo, so the borders only like 30 min away.
Here's my experience. Usually going into Canada you won't get hassled. Now coming back is a different story. Now, don't get me wrong but I think it really depends on whether you're white and look American. I'm a Korean-American and I was with my friends walking back on the bridge after drinking and they asked my friends, white of course, or Caucasian if you prefer, and they just asked if they were American or not and off they went. I was last and the guy asked me whether I was an American citizen or not, and after I said yes he wanted proof and ran my license through the computer. Waited like 10 minutes. My friend who's from Hungary but has been here a while gets hassled a lot too.

EDIT: So to answer your question all you need is a license, just a matter of how much time you wanna spend at the border, so I would take a passport.

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Old 11-11-2000, 12:27 AM   #23
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Just say " rrrrrrrrrollll up the rim to win" and you are in...

I guess only the Canadians will understand.

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Old 11-11-2000, 07:23 AM   #24
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To go along with how they judge ethnic group you're in. I think they judge appearance as well. Here's a different view.

If you don't already wear glasses, wear it(a fake one). It makes you look like an intellect(or nerd, geek, whatever..).

Pretend you're the border guard, what harm can a nerd do? hehehe.
 
Old 11-13-2000, 08:04 PM   #25
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Its already been mentioned, but, the minimum requirment is supposed to be a driver's license and birth certificate. If they let you in with just the driver's license, you probably got lucky.

If you have a passport....smooooth sailing.

Oh, BTW, if you ask our freindly Canadian customs officers where you can exchange some real dollars for some Canadian Pesos, you get a complimentary body cavity search al la fist.
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