GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations will be issuing I-68 permits from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 9 and 10, and May 14 and 15 at the Grand Marais Border Patrol Station. Form I-68 allows certain applicants entering the United States by small boat to telephonically report their arrival to CBP.
There is no requirement that boaters obtain Form I-68. However, boaters who choose not to obtain Form I-68 must report for inspection, in person, to a CBP officer at a port of entry each time they enter the United States.
After an initial inspection, the Form I-68 permits a boater to report their arrival into the United States telephonically without having to appear at a port of entry for an in-person inspection. The initial inspection involves an interview, a check of the individual in the Interagency Border Inspection System and possibly other law enforcement databases, completion of the form I-68 and payment of the fee. The fees for both individuals ($16) and families ($32) will remain the same as last year.
Each applicant who is 14 years of age or older must appear in person for inspection. The names and dates of birth of children younger than 14 years of age must be listed on one or both of their parents’ Form I-68. If approved, one of the three copies of the form will be issued to each applicant 14 years of age or older. Each of the three copies of the Form I-68 will bear the photograph and fingerprint of the applicant for identification purposes.
“CBP remains focused on providing service to this remote area, while encouraging travelers to utilize available trusted traveler programs such as the I-68 Small Boat Reporting Permit or NEXUS,” said Area Port Director Jason Schmelz.
Travelers are encouraged to visit www.cbp.gov for more information on the Canadian Border Boat Landing (I-68) Program and other available CBP Trusted Traveler Programs. The Grand Marais Border Patrol Station is located at 518 East Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.