Passport: Should I get one for Canada?

Old Feb 5th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Passport: Should I get one for Canada?

We'll be entering Canada this summer near Glacier National Park. I know that you don't need a passport, but in this day and age, do you think we should get one. Will it be easier? We are U.S. citizens. Thanks.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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No need a this time for passport. Won't be a problem with just drivers lic and birth cert.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 12:46 PM
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zztop:

I would. It is valid for 10 yrs and its so much easier to use for I.D., its the ultimate proof of citizenship as you know. I paid $60 for mine and you can get a photo while applying for your Passport.


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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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$60 for a passport??????? I thought they were more expensive than that.

The need for a passport to re-enter the US from Canada doesn't go into effect until December 12007 but I would get one anyway.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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I would get one. We have used ours for driving trips to Canada and it does make it much quicker at the border.
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We just got passports last month. I believe the total charge per passport was $103. I wrote checks for $67 ($50 for the passport itself, $12 security fee) to the State Dept for each passport and there was a separate $30 execution fee for each.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 01:27 PM
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As soon as I hit post I realized I'd screwed that up! That should be $55 for the passport itself!
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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I'm so sorry. Don't know where my brain is today. The total cost is $98. When I first added it up, I thought the execution fee was $35 but I checked the passport web site and found that it's $30.
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Geez, $97. Last post, I promise!
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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In 2000 I paid $60 for the passport, another $10 for the photo. Best money I ever spent.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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I know I said that was my last post! But one more thing...We found out that both Walgreens and CVS do passport photos for $7.99. The post office where we applied would've done them for $15. But, with four of us, it was worth going to Walgreens. It was only a couple of blocks from the p.o. anyway.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 02:04 PM
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My husband and I have our passports, and we applied at our drivers license bureau and they took the picture so we did not have to go anywhere else. We needed a copy of our birth certificate which they mailed in with the application, and it was returned to us along with the passports. We will be driving in Canada and will have our passports with, going to Alaska.
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Just sent our PPs off to SF for China visas. Noticed also that we both have only two "blank" visa pages left, 'tho they don't expire 'til 2011.
You can get a "double load" of those pages at issue/renewal for no additional fee if you travel frequently.
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Get a passport - you never know when you're going to have to flee the country.

Really though, a whole new world is opened to you - literally - once you get it. You may hear of a great deal on a flight to London and you'll be able to do it. Just seeing those blank pages is enough to get you dreaming of the possibilities.
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