Post # 1
I have a question. Me and my husband are going to Niagara Falls in Nov for the weekend.. we both have passports, mine still has my maiden name on it though. When we cross the border will I have to show them both my drivers license and passport, because right now my last name is different on them. I was assuming I’d only need to show my passport… there’d be no need for another form of ID. I think I’ll bring our marriage license too just to be safe. I’m going to be a nervous wreck going across the border lol I swear I’m who my licenese & passport says I am! 🙂
Post # 3
I haven’t been to Canada in a long time but when we went to Europe earlier this year we only had passports and not licenses. Are either of you planning to drive over there?
Post # 4
You’ll be fine. The only piece of id they need is your passport. DO Bring your license as you said, just in case. There is no requirement that says your passport and license have to match. Your passport is still a legal and valid document. I’m flying to Europe on a mismatch, and I’ve found nothing that says I shouldn’t.
Post # 5
@X0JLYNN03: Bring all that just in case, but to cross you only need the passport. It’s really no big deal, swear.
Don’t forget to stop at Duty Free on your way back! The people who work there are usually cool and they’ll tell you exactly what you can legally bring back and what you can probably get away with. 🙂
Post # 6
@X0JLYNN03: Per the US passport website, you must travel with your current legal name. I’m guessing it probably won’t be an issue since you only need to show your passport as ID, but you never know. I’d definitely bring your ID and marriage license with you just in case though.
Post # 7
@X0JLYNN03: I’ve only ever had to show my passport crossing the border.
Post # 8
@X0JLYNN03: You only need your passport. But I second MrsWBS on bringing your license and marriage certificate just in case. Better safe than sorry!
Post # 9
@X0JLYNN03: I personally would recommend bringing a copy of your marriage license. When I used to work for Service Canada (we assisted with issuing passports) we were told from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) to always advise people to bring a copy of their marriage certificate with them if they are travelling internationally if their other ID (drivers license, citizenship, OHIP etc) had their married last name on it. Odds are you won’t need the marriage license but its better to be safe than sorry, if you have any issues crossing the border, which I doubt you will you’ll have a harder time when we pass over a second piece of idea with a different last name on it.
I’ve gone to the states a few times with friends and we’ve had the US border services ask us for a second piece of ID, I’m not sure if that’s because a couple of my friends were born outside of Canada but we usually had to show a drivers license as well.
Post # 10
Last time I went, I showed my passport only!! I mean, better safe, but you shodln’t need to get he other documents out.
Post # 11
you should be fine. We Canadians are happy to have you visit. Just show your passport.
Post # 12
Just your passport should be fine. I’ve never actually driven across the border but that’s all they ask when you fly across so I imagine it’s the same.
Post # 13
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Yes we’ll be driving there, we’re driving from Ohio.
@almostmrsj: I figured I’d just need to show my passport, and they won’t know one way or the other that my name is different now than what’s on the passport. I just don’t want to pay another $100 to get it changed, that’s annoying.
@Swizzle: Aw lol that’s sweet 😉
@MrsWBS: @GonnaBeAFind: Thank you for the info, made me feel better 🙂 I’ll bring my marriage license just to be safe, better to be safe than sorry!
@MsGinkgo: @stephee: Ok thanks! Last time we went was about 6 years ago when you could still just show your drivers license, so I wasn’t sure what the deal with currently. If you had to show both or just your passport. I know when we went to Cancun for our HM I never had to show my license, just always my passport.
Post # 14
All you need is a passport, a friend once got through without even that once… her dad was grabbing all the family’s passports before leaving and grabbed his expired and renewed instead of grabbing my friends.
Post # 15
@X0JLYNN03: Just bring your marriage license and you will be fine.
Post # 16
@blueteacup: Oops! I’m surprised the friend still got in, I thought they’d be more strict about that!