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Old 09-08-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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My wife and I are thinking about visiting Niagara Falls for our anniversary next month and I was looking to get some input on what type of id will work to cross the border. I know as of June 1st that you need either a passport or an enhanced driver's license (which my state does not issue). My question is has anybody crossed from Canada into the U.S. using only their driver's license and birth certificate in the past few months?

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #2
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My wife and I are thinking about visiting Niagara Falls for our anniversary next month and I was looking to get some input on what type of id will work to cross the border. I know as of June 1st that you need either a passport or an enhanced driver's license (which my state does not issue). My question is has anybody crossed from Canada into the U.S. using only their driver's license and birth certificate in the past few months?
No, I don't know of anyone who's been sucessful in doing that. We're going to Canada for our fishing trip, and the friends who are going with us have to get the enhanced driver's licenses. There are other items that would work- see this webpage: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative You can get a "passport" card much cheaper than a passport: http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt...card_3926.html
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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No, I don't know of anyone who's been sucessful in doing that. We're going to Canada for our fishing trip, and the friends who are going with us have to get the enhanced driver's licenses. There are other items that would work- see this webpage: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative You can get a "passport" card much cheaper than a passport: U.S. Passport Card
I did see that passport card. It says it could take 4 to 6 weeks to receive, and we were wanting to go in the middle of October which would be cutting it close. That might be the way to go.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:46 PM   #4
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There is a "speedy" option for getting a passport (and I'm sure the passport card, as well) for an extra fee.

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you can get your passport expedited. takes 2-3 weeks, costs $60 + overnight shipping charges

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My wife had her passport expedited and it only took 2 weeks to get it.

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My girlfriend and I are going to Niagra in 2 weeks. We had even less time than you, so we just decided we wouldn't worry about going to Canada.

From what I remember when I was there a long time ago, although the Canadian falls are bigger, the American falls and surrounding area are nicer.

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In April of 2008 I did the standard passport option and had it in like 3 weeks.

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My girlfriend and I are going to Niagra in 2 weeks. We had even less time than you, so we just decided we wouldn't worry about going to Canada.

From what I remember when I was there a long time ago, although the Canadian falls are bigger, the American falls and surrounding area are nicer.
We talked about staying on the American side. I've only been on the Canadian side myself, so it might be a nice change. Any tips on where to stay or what to do there?

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In April of 2008 I did the standard passport option and had it in like 3 weeks.
With the recent change in passport requirements, I'm sure there are a lot more people applying which would delay the processing time. I could be wrong, though.
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I'd call canada customs. I don't think canada has changed their entry requirements (I called today to ask if my kids needed passports and heard it on the recorded message) . You should be OK with a drivers license and birth certificate.

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