U.S. Citizens Traveling Internationally
If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally, you will need to carry your valid United States Passport. If you are traveling to or from a country where a U.S. passport is not requiered, you will need the following two documents:
- A valid form of identification such as a United States driver's license, military ID, or a valid government-issured photo ID; AND
- A document to prove your citizenship, such as a notarized copy of your birth certificate issued by a U.S. state.
If you were not born in the United States, carrying your valid U.S. passport is your best option to prove your U.S. citizenship. You can also use your original naturalization certificate or citizenship.
Note: Hospital-issued birth certificates, voter registration cards, and affidavits cannot be used as a form of identification.
What is required to re-enter the United States?
A passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality is required in order to enter or re-enter the United States.
New Passport Requirements:
As part of the U.S. Department of State's Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers are required to present a valid passport or other acceptable document(s) to enter or re-enter the United States (visitors and U.S. residents) from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Note: This does not affect travel between the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa will continue to be able to use established forms of identification.
For more information, please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.