When traveling between Canada and the United States, it is necessary to pass through Customs and Border Protection at the border. The professionals who work at Customs are highly trained. They will ask to see your ID, ask about your citizenship and ask you to produce one of the documents listed below. Millions of people cross the border every year with ease, but some are refused due to lack of sufficient documentation.
All travelers must possess a US Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID). A US Passport is required for air travel (rather than a Passport Card or EDL/ID).
Select states and provinces offer an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) for slightly more than a regular driver’s license. This EDL/ID meets the requirements for proof of citizenship to re-enter the US from Canada and Mexico by land or sea. Please check with your local Department of Licensing for more information.
Persons with a felony may be denied entrance into Canada. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States it may be considered a felony in Canada. A Driving While Intoxicated conviction (D.W.I.) is considered a felony in Canada. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information.
Parents traveling with children under 16 are required to provide proof of citizenship for each child. This includes a Birth Certificate (original or copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificate or Citizenship Card. If both birth parents are not traveling, you must have written authorization from the absent parent(s) or proof of custody. Failure to provide such evidence may make you inadmissible to Canada.
U.S. and Canadian citizens under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may present their Birth Certificate (original or copy), a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card. Visit the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for more information.
For further information on crossing the US/Canadian Border, please reference these sites: