New Passport Rules May Mean Delays By MICHELLE HIGGINS Image by Peter Kuper New York Times October 1, 2006
For years, an American adult needed only a valid driver's license and birth certificate to go back and forth between the States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Panama and most Caribbean islands. Children needed just birth certificates. But as of Jan. 8, passports will be required for almost everyone entering the United States through airports and seaports, no matter where they are coming from. The same requirement will go into effect for land crossings from Canada or Mexico on Jan. 1, 2008.