We will be cruising on the O~dam June 12 to Alaska. We will be making a stop in Victoria B.C. My neice doenst have a pasport but she has a childerens i.d. card. Can she use this? or should we bring the birt certificate also?
Check with HAL. Because you are leaving the US with a child that isn't your own, you may need the written and noterized permission of both of her parents (and custody papers if only one parent has legal custody).
I'd go on and get her her own passport. It's good for 10 years and her parents have plenty of time to get it. Everyone should have a passport, child or adult. Without a passport she will need her birth certificate and a photo ID.
You will need a consent letter and medical release signed by both parents and notarized.
If you don't get her a passport, you must bring her birth certificate. Since 2002, we are always asked for the birth certs for our boys when we visit Victoria. Our sister/bro-in-law were turned away from the border and had to drive home to Seattle b/c no birth cert. for their daughter! Some of our friends have needed both a certificate and picture id for their kids, but the birth certs alone have worked for us for the kids. We just sent away for passports for us as our licenses alone no longer worked last time we went (12/03). Be aware that when you order your passport, they send your certifited birth cert. w/ the application, so be prepared to go w/out for 6 weeks or so until the passport comes.
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