I’m one of those people who paid the extra $15 to get an “enhanced” Washington driver’s license ($40 instead of $25 for a 5-year license) so that one day it would be easier for me to cross the border at Blaine. That day is Monday.
New rules for border-crossing documentation take effect on Monday, as the news release from the Washington Ferry System reminds us.
Avoiding travel delays: WSDOT reminds international travelers of changing border-crossing requirements
Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Contact: Susan Harris-Huether, WSDOT Ferries Division, Senior Programs Manager, 206-515-3460
Dustin Terpening, WSDOT Communications, 360-757-5997
SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation is reminding citizens traveling to Canada to ensure they have the proper documentation and to be prepared for delays at border, whether traveling by road or via the Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. ferry.
As of June 1, U.S. and Canadian citizens age 16 and older who enter the United States at land and sea ports will need to present a passport, passport card, Washington State enhanced driver’s license (EDL) or a "trusted traveler" document such as the NEXUS card. Parents traveling with children ages 16 and under are required to provide a birth certificate for each child (original or certified copy). If both birth parents are not traveling, written authorization from a parent or proof of custody must be presented.
U.S. citizens who are Washington state residents are eligible to purchase an enhanced driver license (EDL) for the cost of a regular driver license plus an additional $15. The EDL meets the requirements for proof of citizenship to re-enter the U.S. from Canada. More information about the EDL is available at www.dol.wa.gov/about/news/priorities/edl.html.
In addition to ensuring proper documentation, travelers planning to take their vehicles on the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. are strongly encouraged to make a reservation online (www.wsdot/wa/gov/ferries) or by phone (5-1-1).
Travelers can learn more about requirements for crossing the border at www.getyouhome.gov.
For more highway and ferry travel information, please visit www.wsdot.wa.gov.