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This was poor planning on my part...

My passport is about to expire in March. I just (as in a few days ago), mailed off my passport application for renewal. I have an appointment the beginning of April in TJ with my dentist.

Am I able to bring my birth certificate and DL or is that no longer acceptable when returning to the US? When I Googled I got varied answers. I trust Tripadvisor....

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1. Re: Passport

The law is that you need your passport. However, there is also a law that as a citizen, you cannot be denied entry to the U.S.

Despite the law requiring a passport, the chances are the border guard will take the driver's license and birth certificate; however, you should be aware that they they have the right to make life difficult for you if they choose: you can be detained a very long time, and some have reported being fined.

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2. Re: Passport

It took about three weeks to get my daughter's passport renewed. You'll be fine.

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3. Re: Passport

Not to split hairs, but the passport "requirement" is not a law. It is an initiative of the Department of Homeland Security. The law internationally is that every citizen must be received by the country of his/her birth.

Even your expired passport is proof to the country that issued it of who you are and what your nationality is. Those are the two big questions at the border. People cross with just a DMV identification all the time and every so often they get sent to Secondary for 10 or 15 minutes to await confirmation.

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