Let’s get our documents ready for traveling. Here we will discuss the different documents needed for traveling, and give the links on where to get the information you need for these documents.
What documents do you need to travel? What are the differences in the documents required? Which is the best for where you plan on traveling to?
Let’s begin to break down the differences of these documents.
First do you need a passport? Will your enhanced ID be enough to travel to your destination?
US Passports Vs Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
What are the advantages of having an EDL? First of all, an EDL is cheaper than a passport. Secondly, it fits more comfortably in your wallet than a passport book does, so it’s more convenient. And if you frequently drive across the border, it’s helpful to only need one form of ID for the entire trip.
However, if your state doesn’t offer EDLs, you can always get a passport card, which is the same size as a drivers license. But remember: neither EDLs nor passport cards can be used for international air travel, even emergency flights home from Canada or Mexico.
Where do I go to get my passport?
Every person, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally by air.
What is TSA Pre-Check
TSA PreCheck® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers can apply for the TSA PreCheck Application Program to determine if they are low-risk and eligible to receive expedited screening.
What is Global Entry
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and as a result complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.
While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in the appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.