New passport deadline

The federal regulation that would have required a valid passport for re-entry into the United States has been pushed up until June 2009. This means that if you are travelling by land or sea, you will only need a photo id and a birth certificate when checking into US customs.

This is good news for some of our tourist activity includes a trip into Canada via the lakes that border the US with Canada. It has always been easy at Crane Lake to enter Canada – there is a Canadian customs office right up on the next lake, Sandpoint Lake.

Also, Homeland Security has introduced a passport card. You can use this to cross the border via car or sea, but not by air. The passport card is available at a fraction of the cost, only costing $45 – cards for children $35.

For more information on the passport card visit

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