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Passport to drive into Mexico?
Do US citizens need a passport to drive from the US into Mexico?
- roundaterLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
MEXICO - *Passport, or proof of citizenship (such as original birth certificate or naturalization certificate) and photo ID. Tourist card is required. Tourist card valid 3 months for single entry up to 180 days, $20 fee, requires proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID, and proof of sufficient funds. Visa not required of U.S. citizens for tourist/transit stay of up to 30 days. Obtain tourist cards in advance from Consulate, Tourism Office, and most airlines serving Mexico upon arrival. Departure tax $10 is paid at airport when not included in the cost of the airline ticket. Notarized consent from parent(s) required for children under age 18 traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else’s custody. For additional information, check with the Embassy of Mexico, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 (202/736-1000) or nearest Consulate General: AZ (602/242-7398), CA (213/351-6800, 415/392-5554 and 619/231-8414), CO (303/331-1110), FL (305/716-4977), GA (404/266-1913), IL (312/855-1380), LA (504/522-3596), NY (212/217-6400), PR (809/764-0258) or TX (210/227-1085, 214/630-7341, 713/542-2300, 512/478-9031 and 915/533-4082). Internet: http://www.embassyofmexico.org/
New Requirements for Travelers
Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to develop and implement a plan to require all travelers, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike, to present a passport or other document, or a combination of documents, that denote identity and citizenship when entering the United States. Congress amended portions of the Act in 2006. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is the Administration’s proposed plan to implement this mandate.
The Goal of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The goal of the Initiative is to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors by providing standardized, secure and reliable documentation which will allow the Department of Homeland Security to quickly, reliably and accurately identify a traveler.
In the proposed implementation plan, the requirements outlined above will be rolled out in the following phases:
On January 8, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document.
As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.
Travel Documents for U.S. Citizens Under WHTI
Under the proposed implementation plan, the following documents will be acceptable to fulfill document requirements:
U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and may also use a U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings).
The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet.
DOS and DHS also anticipate that the following documents will continue to be acceptable for their current travel uses under WHTI: SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, and the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document. As proposed, members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders will continue to be exempt from the passport requirement.
Media Note - Department of State to Introduce Passport Card
Fact Sheet - Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Initiative Requirements (FAQs)
Other Relevant Links
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionSource(s): http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.ht... http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/broc...
- Anonymous5 years ago
You don't need a passport YET to return to the U.S... there are BIG SIGNS on the Mexican side of the boarder stating the requirement for U.S. citizens to have a passport have been moved back to June 2009.. so you should be OK. As for needing a passport to ENTER Mexico... I have made several trips into Mexico since the first of the year and, even though I have a passport.. I was NEVER ASKED FOR IT when I entered Mexico...
- aznflippgurlLv 51 decade ago
Just to be in the safe side just bring your passport too along with your driver license
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Not yet, beginning in January you will be required to have a passport.
- 1 decade ago
As of January 8, 2007 you will. At the moment, however, I don't think you do.
- lucyanddesiLv 51 decade ago
No. Just a driver's license, a 5th of Whiskey and a handgun. Give it a try!
- Anonymous6 years ago