DHS has issued a reminder to travelers that U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and over may no longer rely on an oral declaration of citizenship to enter the country. Travelers must present documentation when entering the United States at any land or sea ports of entry. Travelers who fail to present proper documentation may experience delays while CBP officers attempt to verify their identity and citizenship. Presentation of any one of the following documents will suffice as proof of both identity and citizenship:

  • U.S. or Canadian Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card (available spring 2008)
  • Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
  • State or Provincial Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (not yet available)
  • Enhanced Tribal Cards (not yet available)
  • U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document
  • Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
  • Form I-872 American Indian Card
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Card

Alternatively, presentation of two of the following documents will suffice as proof of both identity and citizenship (one document must be an identification document and one document must be a citizenship document):

Identification Documents 1

  • Driver’s license or identification card issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory, or municipal authority
  • U.S. or Canadian military identification card

Citizenship Documents

  • U.S. or Canadian birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory, or municipal authority
  • U.S. Consular report of birth abroad 
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization 
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship 
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card 
  • Canadian Citizenship Card 
  • Canadian certificate of citizenship without photo

U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under must present, at minimum, a birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory, or municipal authority.

These changes affect only U.S. and Canadian citizens.