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Alaskans Urged to Prepare for New Border Crossing
Procedures for Land and Sea
Alaska driver's license holders must also carry proof of citizenship for border crossings after January 31


January 31, 2008

(SitNews) - U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced earlier this month that on January 31, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept oral declarations as proof of citizenship to gain entry into the United States by land or sea. Border crossings will require possession of a passport, other approved single documents, or a combination of two documents such as a driver's licenses and birth certificate.

"This decision means that an Alaska driver's license alone will no longer be accepted as proof of citizenship for entry at the U.S.-Canada border. I have continually objected to hasty implementation of new border crossing regulations and will work with my Senate colleagues to see that northern border states are not adversely impacted by these changes," said Senator Stevens. "I urge everyone planning to cross the border into Alaska by land or sea to obtain the necessary documentation as soon as possible."

These new document requirements are part of a phase-in of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Full implementation was delayed until June 2009 by language added by Senator Stevens and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the FY08 Omnibus Bill due to concerns about whether DHS and the Department of State could implement passcard technology and other important measures in a timely manner. When fully implemented, WHTI will require a passport or passcard for border crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The list of approved documents and new procedures can be reviewed on Customs and Border Protection's website.

If Alaskans have questions about these new border crossing procedures they are encouraged to contact Senator Stevens' Alaska offices at:

Ketchikan: (907) 225-6880
Juneau: (907) 586-7400
Anchorage: (907) 271-5915
Fairbanks: (907) 456-0261

On the Web:

Customs and Border Protection


Source of News:

Office of Sen. Ted Stevens


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