The events of September 11, 2001 obviously have changed the nation in many ways, particularly related to border security.
One specific change was the implementation of a 9/11 Commission Report recommendation to modernize and consolidate identification documents at the U.S. border. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative responded, requiring all U.S. and Canadian citizens to present a secure travel document when entering the U.S.
Any U.S. citizen who has not yet acquired a secure travel document, now is your opportunity. On Saturday, September 17, the Department of State is hosting "Passport Day in the USA," providing an opportunity to apply for a passport book or passport card, with no appointment needed.
All domestic passport agencies and many passport application acceptance facilities such as post offices and clerks of court will be open to the public.
The iconic blue passport book is required for all air travel. This is the perfect opportunity also to apply for a passport card, which can be used at all land and sea ports of entry as well as for expedited entry through the new Ready Lanes available at more than 20 land border ports of entry throughout the nation.
"The passport card is a less expensive alternative to a passport and complies with the latest secure document requirements," said Colleen Manaher, director of Land Border Integration. "If you cross the land border, the technology-enabled passport card is the wise choice to cross the land border quickly."
For more information on "Passport Day in the USA," and for more information about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative or to find a Ready Lane near you, visit Get you home.
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.