WHY, WHY did you put this link on here ??? You're really cruel, Tommy...TDIinRI said:
I don't know if Canada cares or not. But you will need one if you want to return to the US (edit - by air for the time being).TDIinRI said:PLEASE REALISE!!!
Passports are only needed if travelling to Canada from the US by AIR and vice versa!! If traveling by land and/or sea crossings passports will NOT be needed until sometime in 2008!! =) Please refer to the US state department website:
This has been posted SEVERAL times already. I ask that everyone please note the difference as I have had to clarify it umpteen times this month alone. In planning the Fest, this has sorta become my mantra. =P
Did you bother to click the link and read it, sir? If you did you will note, that you DO NOT need a passport to COME BACK into the US or GO INTO Canada until JANUARY 2008 AT EARLIEST unless you are travelling BY AIR. ONLY AND ONLY IF you are travelling by AIR do you need a passport effective this past Tuesday (23 January, 2007).wny_pat said:I don't know if Canada cares or not. But you will need one if you want to return to the US.
The man speaks the truth!! There are many smaller crossings in NY and VT which are many times quicker than a "main" crossing. This one is a good one. Those crossing futher west in MI or Niagra Falls are not as lucky as all the border crossings that way require one to traverse a bridge or tunnel!PlaneCrazy said:Hint to those coming up on I87: get off at Rouses Point, cross at the small border crossing from Rouses Point to Noyan, and at Noyan, cut over to Lacolle and get back on 15 North (which is what I87 becomes). Often the small crossing is much less busy than the main one on the interstate, but I'm not sure if it's open in the middle of the night.
From what I have seen on these forums concerning TDI Fests since attending my first one in 2002 everybody has great enthusiasm for wanting one in their area. However when push comes to shove there is a lack of this same enthusiasm for a core group of dedicated energetic volunteer organizers that stick it out past the idea/proposal point which is what's required in order for a Fest to happen!bikeprof said:BUT, I have wondered..?
Why are most of the FESTS in the Northeast and SOOO far away ?
Thats a new one , I have several friends that have DUI/DWIs that regularly go to Canada without issue . And have been doing it for years .Scooby Doo said:canadians who have dwi's (most do) can come to the us, where an american cant go to canada if they have a dwi
Wash. State to Test 'Enhanced' Licenses
By CURT WOODWARD
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE | High-security driver's licenses aimed at letting U.S. citizens return from Canada without a passport could be adopted elsewhere if Washington state's experiment works, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said.
The pilot project, signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire and formally approved by Chertoff on Friday, calls for Washington to begin issuing new "enhanced" driver's licenses in January.
They will look much like conventional driver's licenses, but will be loaded with proof of citizenship and other information that can be easily scanned at the border.
Radio frequency ID chips and other advanced security features also would make the enhanced licenses less vulnerable to forgery. At about $40, they also would be less expensive than a $97 passport.
Chertoff's endorsement of the pilot project comes as border states prepare for new federal security requirements mandating a passport for travelers - including U.S. citizens - who enter the country by sea or land from elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere.
That requirement is expected to take effect between early 2008 and mid-2009; a similar rule for air travelers already is in force.
Washington state officials are particularly sensitive to the new rule because of the extensive tourist traffic between the state and neighboring British Columbia, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Chertoff praised the enhanced driver's license project, and said he expects other border states to follow Washington's lead.
"I'm quite sure other states that want to use the same technology and the same approach will be welcome to do so," he told a news conference. "The whole idea here is giving a series of alternatives, as long as they meet the same basic standards."
Gregoire, a Democrat, said the enhanced ID's security features also could help combat identity theft.
"It is security for our nation and our state. But it's also security for the individual," she said.
The enhanced licenses will not be mandatory for Washington drivers. Those who want to get the enhanced version will go through an in-person interview, and will have to show proof of citizenship, Gregoire adviser Antonio Ginatta said.
State and federal officials are still working out details about whether particular crimes would prevent a person from getting the enhanced license, Ginatta said.
Along with being less expensive, the enhanced licenses will be available faster than the six-to-eight-week wait for a passport, Gregoire said.
Canada does not have similar passport requirements for U.S. travelers heading north. But Stockwell Day, Canada's public safety minister, said Canadian officials share the security concerns that prompted the new rules.
"Nine-eleven was an event of horrendous proportions that has certainly galvanized us," Day said Friday. "Canadians also died in those towers."