If you are a US Citizen in Canada without a passport, can you return to the US with a birth cerificate?
(Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA)
Question: I have an expired United States passport and want to travel to Canada. Is there anyway to do this without a valid passport?
It is recommended that you use a current, valid passport when traveling between the United States and Canada. Children are required to present their own passport.
There are a few other WHTI-compliant documents
that can be used by U.S. citizens.
When traveling by air, a Merchant Mariner Document (presented by U.S. citizen merchant mariners traveling on official business) or NEXUS Card may be used.
American citizens traveling by land or sea can also present a valid passport card, Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or a Trusted Traveler Program
Card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST.
Only children under age 16 can present a certified birth certificate when crossing the U.S./Canada border by land or sea.
If you meet the criteria, you can renew your passport by mail
. Regular processing takes 4-6 weeks. You can get it in 2-3 weeks if you request expedited services
For faster service, you can either apply at a regional passport agency
or get a private expediting service
to submit the application for you.
If you are in Canada when your passport expires, you should visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Canada
to renew your passport in Canada.
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