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Re-Entry to US

Louisville
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Re-Entry to US

Ok, I've researched this ad-nauseum online...

...all that's required is an ID/Driver's License for US Citizens, correct? My parents are freaking out last minute after being told they'll also need an Original Birth Certficate, which they do not have and won't be able to procure before my wedding in 2 weeks.

I HAVE read that on occasion US Customs can be a pain or testy about it, but that's it's not technically required, and you can re-enter with your Driver's License as a US Citizen.

Is this correct?

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1. Re: Re-Entry to US

You will need a birth certificate and/or other government issued Id such as a valid state drivers license

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Edited: 8:51 am, September 04, 2012
St Thomas
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2. Re: Re-Entry to US

Most of the time a driver's license will suffice and even that isn't always asked for - but on the occasions when a "swoop exercise" is conducted, it's not a big deal but will result in your being pulled out of line just to answer a few simple questions.

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3. Re: Re-Entry to US

Thank you

Boston...
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4. Re: Re-Entry to US

If they have a copy of their birth certificate bring that. It isn't a big deal but it can be a pain if they question you.

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5. Re: Re-Entry to US

Keep in mind that if they plan to do an excursion to the BVI they will need a passport for that.

Mike in Tulsa

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7. Re: Re-Entry to US

Voter registration card used to be another ID along with the drivers licenses

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10. Re: Re-Entry to US

The following is excerpted from my blog:

Do We Need Passports to Visit St. Thomas?

No, but if it's not more hassle than it needs to be, we recommend that you get passports anyway.

When we returned from St. Thomas in 2012 January, there was a big sign just before customs/immigration Stating that "proof of citizenship" was required. It continued:

Acceptable forms: military ID (active duty or dependent) government ID, federal, state or local, or a driver’s license issued by one of the fifty states. (Must be currently valid.)

When we returned from St. Thomas six months later, they seem to have posted a new sign with the same text. I didn't have time to check it.

This is the first reason why we recommend that you have passports. The regulations concerning travel change frequently, sometimes with almost no notice at all. Passports will probably be the very last document to become unacceptable, so it is safest to have them.

The second reason is subtle. We use our passports whenever we fly--even on strictly domestic flights. Observing the folks ahead of us in queues, it seems that the officials prefer to be offered a passport. As I said, the difference is subtle, it may mean that you go through a few seconds faster or it may only mean that you get a smile instead of a blank face. Nonetheless, the officials definitely appear to appreciate seeing a passport rather than some other acceptable document.

Finally, if you do any traveling at all, even to the British Virgin Islands, you will need passports sooner or later.. Why not just get it over with? Even POTUS and FLOTUS are required to have passports when they travel to foreign lands..

Edited: 2:02 pm, September 16, 2012