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Crazy_pete
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm supposed to be going to Detroit for NAIAS this weekend... what will I need to get across the border?

I'm a Canadian citizen living in Ontario... the last time I've been in the US was over a year ago and all I needed was my drivers licence... but, people have been telling me lately that they might ask for a passport now? Can anybody clear that up for me?
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

technically, just a driver license...however, it is much quicker if u have abirth certificate/passport/ or another form of credible id
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Hornwrecker
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Plus you need to wear one of these buttons.

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Neilr
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Crazy pete, welcome to the Forum and welcome to Detroit. Enjoy the Auto Show!
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Lilpup
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't try it with just a driver's license

For US citizens the requirement is proof of citizenship - last time I crossed (about 2 months ago) they asked to see either 1)a birth certificate and a picture ID or 2)a passport
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Smogboy
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You got an OHIP card or your citizenship card with you? Toss that in along your driver's license & it should do you fine. Ideally a passport is going to be the best if you've got it.
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Aiw
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pete, Driver's license or Health card (Gov. issued photo ID) & a birth certificate.

A passport is better, but not required. Have fun, and if you're taking the bus, the earlier the better. Transit Windsor is runnig a good deal, $19 CDN and you get round trip bus fare and an entrance ticket. You can get it at the bus station.

I'm a Canadian, and as long as you don't have a record of any kind, you'll be fine. You staying in Windsor? If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me by clicking on my username on the left.

(Message edited by aiw on January 17, 2006)
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Smogboy
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And Hornwrecker, I wear that button 24/7. I just wish it came in a larger size and in kevlar. :-)
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Crazy_pete
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 11:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the help people... that reassured me, I didn't want to drive 9 hrs to the border (from Ottawa) only to get turned away because I didn't bring the right documents.

And I'm gonna print that button out, my friend I'm going with will get a kick out of it :D .
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Aiw
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If it taks you 9 hours, you're driving too slow :-)

I just did Ottawa to Windsor in just under 8 hrs in November. Once you hit Kingstn it's smooth sailing. Watch for OPP around Guelph, London & Chatham. As you approach Windsor, Belle River Rd. exit is know to have the occasional cop lurking around too..

Have a safe trip.
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Goat
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 11:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don't forget Puce Rd....speed trap on a regular basis.
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Upinottawa
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 11:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

More friendly travel advice: don't leave Ottawa with a full tank of gas. Fill up at the Flying J in Napanee (just West of Kingston). The Flying J is at exit 579. There is also a FJ just East of London. Gas is usually 10 cents a litre cheaper than other stations.

Are you driving over to Detroit or taking the tunnel bus? You may have a bit of a wait for the bus (20 minutes or so) but you can buy your autoshow ticket at the bus station (AiW pointed this out earlier). Of course, driving requires parking downtown Detroit which can be expensive.

Enjoy the show.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 12:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also on your way back home, be sure to swing by the gas station at the Duty Free by the Bridge, it too is about 10 cheaper than any of the regular pumps too.
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Sailor_rick
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 1:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What do you need at the border?
Courage my friend.
(There's plenty of the liquid type at the Duty Free Shop.)
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 138
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Smogboy: what is the best way to get to the Bridge pumps?

I always end up taking Porter (off I-75), make the left to reach the lights (by the other Duty Free, i.e. no gas), turn left at the lights and then drive as if I am going to Mexican town, pass Mexican town until I get to stop sign by the gas duty free. Basically, I end up doing a loop. There has to be a better way.

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