Canadian/US border crossing regulations changed January 31, 2008

United States Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has announced the Department's intention to change requirements for crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada. American and Canadian citizens will no longer be allowed to just declare their citizenship.

According to an article in the Washington Post, additional documents will now be required to cross the border.

"Under the rule, people 19 and older will be asked to present a passport or, once they become available, an enhanced driver's license or border pass card. Otherwise, both a regular driver's license and a birth certificate or other citizenship document will be required."

The changes are expected to cause backups and delays at border crossings.