New Border Crossing ID Policy Starts Today
Some businesses and lawmakers are worried that new identification requirements going into effect today (Jan. 31) at the borders with Canada and Mexico could create widespread confusion and delays and discourage some people from making the trip, according to The Associated Press.
Americans and Canadians will be required to show some document beyond a driver’s license to prove citizenship, such as a passport or a birth certificate. In the past, some people entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico simply had to declare their nationality.
Ron Smith, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Detroit, said the agency will provide a grace period for travelers without the extra ID and will hand out fliers explaining the changes.