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Can my 16 and 17 yrs olds drive to and from Canada without passports?

Question: Can my 16 and 17-year-old kids drive to and from Canada without passports if accompanied by parent and sister with passports? They each have birth certificates and valid driver's licenses.


Answer: According to the entry and exit requirements for Canada listed by the U.S. Department of State, all American citizens who travel to and from Canada are required to present a valid U.S. passport or other WHTI-compliant document.

The only exception are minors under age 16 who are only required to present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. Driver’s License) and proof of U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate.

Since your children are 16 and 17, they both require valid passports to travel to Canada.

Note, it is also recommended that a parent traveling with minor children take a notarized consent to travel form from the non-traveling parent.

Also, a passport card is acceptable for land travel to Canada.

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What is required
by: Anonymous

Question: If an 18-year-old who lives in Michigan wants to travel to New York through Canada, how would that work?

Answer: If he/she is traveling by air, a valid passport book is required. If traveling by land, a passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document like an enhanced driver's license should suffice.

Teenager traveling to the United States
by: Chloe

Question: I'm currently 17 and I was wondering if weather or not I can drive in the states where the driving age is correspondent. My dad tells me that I sadly cannot drive around the US with a Canadian permit without being major (21). Is that true?

Answer: Hi, Chloe. Please contact the CBP for answers to your questions.

Can he use the expired passport to travel to Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 20 years old. His passport is expired. Can he use it to travel to Canada and back with the birth certificate?

Answer: No, he cannot. If traveling by land or sea, U.S. citizens age 16 and older need a passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United States even if he enters Canada with just proof of U.S. citizenship. If traveling by air, a passport book is required.

Can he use the expired passport to travel to Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 20 years old. His passport is expired. Can he use it to travel to Canada and back with the birth certificate?

Answer: No, he cannot. If traveling by land or sea, U.S. citizens age 16 and older need a passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United States even if he enters Canada with just proof of U.S. citizenship. If traveling by air, a passport book is required.

Entry
by: Anonymous

Question: Can my 16-year-old enter Canada by themselves?

Answer: Yes. However, I recommend calling the Canada Border Service Agency to make sure their regulations have not changed.

16 yr old need updated passport for Canada?
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Question: My daughter obtained a passport 2 years ago at age 14, but never used it. Now there is a family emergency and our entire family wants to drive to Canada next weekend. Will she have a problem using her old passport?

Answer: Your daughter should have no problem using her passport. Passports issued to minors are valid for 5 years.

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