Passport for Truckers. U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, will be required to posses a valid passport. This does include truck drivers. New law to take effect for truck driving passport. Update
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U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, will be required to present one of the travel documents listed below.
Many of these documents are already available, and obtaining one now will ensure that you are ready on June 1, 2009, when they will be required.
U.S. Passport – This is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person’s identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. Passport Card – This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.
Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) – Several states and Canadian provinces are issuing this driver’s license or identification document that denotes identity and citizenship. It is specifically designed for cross-border travel into the U.S. by land or sea.
Trusted Traveler Program Cards – NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST enrollment cards can speed your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The cards are valid for use at land or sea; the NEXUS card can be used in airports with a NEXUS kiosk.
Special Groups – Information for Children, Groups of Children, Native Americans, "Closed Loop" Cruises, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, Ferries and Small Boats, and Boaters..
Knowing what documents are required and having them ready when you return home will help streamline the entry process and ensure your return to the U.S. is as smooth as possible.
United States Customs and Border Protection has published the notice below regarding the requirements as on June 1, 2009, that any U.S. or Canadian citizen crossing into the United States will be required to have a passport or other authorized form of identification. THIS DOES INCLUDE TRUCK DRIVERS. Passport for Truckers will be required
Below are the others forms of identification in addition to Passport For Truckers
U.S. or Canadian passport;
Trusted Travelers Card (Nexus, Sentri, or Fast); New Generation Fast Cards required by Dec 1. First generation FAST cards will no longer be accepted at the border beginning Dec 1, US Customs and Border Protection is warning. The agency has been issuing new FAST card since March 16, 2009. The new cards have enhanced security features that allow Canadian cross-border drivers to comply with Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative document requirements. Members must activate their new FAST card within 30 days of receiving it. Old cards should be destroyed. If you haven't yet received your new FAST card, contact the Global Online Enrollment System (link above) or call 866-530-4172
U.S. Passport Card
State or provinces-issued Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (when and where available);
Form I-872 American Indian Card, or (when available) enhanced tribal cards; Update The Department of Homeland Security and the Seneca Nation of Indians today formalized an agreement to develop a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)—signed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The ETC establishes identity, tribal membership and citizenship for the purpose of entering the United States by land or sea—enhancing safety and security of U.S. borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.
Since the beginning of the year, CBP has also signed agreements with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona. CBP is currently working with approximately 25 additional tribes across the country on the ETC initiative.
WHTI is a joint initiative between DHS and the Department of State that implements a key 9/11 Commission recommendation and Congressional mandate to establish document requirements for travelers entering the United States who were previously exempt, including citizens of the United States, Canada and Bermuda.
DHS implemented WHTI at land and sea ports of entry on June 1, requiring travelers to present an approved travel document to enter the United States. Approved documents include passports, U.S. passport cards, trusted traveler program cards and state- or province-issued enhanced driver’s licenses. ETCs, developed in accordance with the signed agreement, will also be accepted for border crossings.
The Seneca Nation, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, occupies aboriginal lands in western New York, including sovereign territories in Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Military Identification cards presented by members of the U.S. Armed Forces traveling on official orders; and
U.S. Merchant Mariner Documents (for U.S. citizens, when conducting official business).
Both today and after June 1, lawful permanent residents if the United States should present acceptable evidence of their lawful residence status when entering the country, such as a permanent Resident Card ( I 551 ). A passport for truckers is not required.
NEXUS is a joint CBP-Canada Border Services Agency program that both governments implemented to enhance border security while simplifying the entry process for pre-approved, low risk travelers. It was established in 2002 and more than 260,000 members participate in the program.
SENTRI is a land-border crossing program that provides expedited CBP processing for pre-approved, low risk travelers along the U.S./Mexico border, and has grown to include 16 lanes at the nine largest ports of entry. More than 185,000 travelers from both sides of the border currently are registered in the SENTRI program.
It is anticipated that ID cards issued to truckers under the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program will be accepted in lieu of passport for truckers.
Officials at the State Department and Homeland Security are working out details of procedures following passage of the new security rules, but credentials under the FAST and NEXUS program for travelers "will be acceptable."
Truck drivers entering the United States will not be required to present passport for truckers or similar documents if they have an ID card issued under a U.S. expedited clearance program...
The Free and secure Trade Program is available to commercial drivers crossing both the northern and southern borders. Currently, the program has more than 94,000 members.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative the joint DHS- Department of State plan that implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation and Congressional mandate to establish documents requirements for travelers entering the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. WHTI document requirements for air travelers went into effect 2007.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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