Crossing the US-Canada Border with Children

Traveling with children can be tiring enough on its own, let alone determining what kind of identification or information you need to bring with you in order to bring your child into Canada without any hassle or delay. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here is some information to help you get prepared to bring your child over the US-Canada border and into Canada.  US-Canada Border

Crossing the US-Canada Border with Children

Canadians traveling to the United States and Americans traveling to Canada now need to present a passport when crossing the border. However, if your child is under 15 years of age they do not require a passport to travel the the United States. They still require identification, however, and a copy of their birth certificate or a baptismal certificate should suffice.

If they are older than 15 years of age, they are eligible for a passport and should get one before traveling to Canada.

Keep in mind when you are crossing a border with children:

Travel in the same vehicle as your children.

If you are not the child’s parent or legal guardian, have written consent from the parents or parent that you can show to the customs officer at the border, and this written consent should include their name and contact number.

If you are a divorced parent and share custody, you should also be able to provide documents stating this to a customs officer if they ask.

If you are not a divorced parent but are not traveling with the child’s other parent, it never hurts to have contact information for the child’s other parent so you can prove you’re not running away with the children to Canada. It might sound silly, but it happens.

Always ensure that you have the proper documentation and information in order before you book your travel plans. It can be costly and time consuming to be denied entry to Canada because if a tiny mistake.

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