Passport please — but license will do
May. 15, 2010
U.S. citizen? Your passport, please. Well, OK, a driver's license will do. But you're out of compliance. A year ago, the Homeland Security Department started requiring U.S. citizens to have passports or other special documents to cross the border from Canada or Mexico.
Today, the word is spreading: It's not being enforced. Customs officers have been accepting conventional drivers' licenses, expired passports or even school identification cards — none of which is an approved document.
Offenders are handed a flier describing the rules under a large red headline: “Noncompliant.” In some cases, Customs officers simply check the drivers' license numbers of noncompliant citizens on a computer and send them on their way.