[Coladam] ADAMCon passport requirement

oltmansg at bellsouth.net oltmansg at bellsouth.net
Mon Apr 7 16:19:58 CEST 2008

I'm not sure how long it's taking now...probably not too long, but last year at this time my now wife applied for a passport for the first time. It took a whopping 16 weeks to get here, and they misspelled her first name (was spelled Jennfier instead of Jennifer). We went on a cruise for our honeymoon and used it anyway. Nobody batted an eye at it, and we only showed it a total of twice, even though we visited Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten on the trip.

That reminds me... we still gotta get that fixed. Hopefully (fingers crossed) a trip to Costa Rica is in our near future.
 -------------- Original message from Neil Wick <neil at wick.net>: --------------

> On Sun, 6 Apr 2008, Joe Blenkle wrote:
> >
> > ... it suddenly occured to me...don't U.S. residents have to have
> > passports to cross the border into Canada now? This could put a damper
> > on attendance if people are unaware of the new law. Although I'm not
> > completely sure it has taken effect yet.
>    The requirement for passports at land and sea crossings has been
> delayed until June 1, 2009, but there is a new requirement as of January
> 31, 2008.  Adults are now required to show both proof of citizenship such
> as a birth certificate and government issued ID such as a driver's
> license.  Previously, a birth certificate alone was usually sufficient and
> many people crossed with only a verbal declaration.  (Some states and
> provinces are developing enhanced driver's licenses that will be usable
> instead of passports between Canada and U.S.  I think B.C. already has
> them available.)
>    There has already been a passport requirement for air travel since
> about 2 years ago, but there is still lots of time to get a passport.
> The Canadian government is issuing them generally in about 2 weeks, just
> at the moment (plus mailing time).  I'm not sure about the U.S., but it's
> probably not so different.  U.S. passports are normally good for 10 years
> as I understand.  You're going to need one eventually anyway to go
> anywhere out of the country.
> Neil
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