What kind of identification do I need to travel?

Travel documentation depends on your travel destination(s):

Domestic Destination * International Destination* Domestic Cruising * International Cruising


Do your plans involve a domestic destination?

Adults (18+) are required to show identification. Acceptable forms of ID include any state, federal, or tribal identification card, including a passport, military ID card, permanent resident card, border-crossing card, state ID card, or driver’s license. A picture ID is required.

Be aware that beginning October 1, 2021 all state issued driver’s license must comply with the Real ID Act in order to be valid for air travel.

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Do your plans involve an international destination?

If you are traveling outside of the United States, all passengers are required to have a passport book that expires at least 6 months after your date of return. This is very important and includes travel to Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, and Mexico. Additionally you may also need to have a visa. Please consult with CIBT for visa questions (Account number 60010).

Your passport can NOT be damaged in any way. There can be tears, bends, water damaged pages, etc. If there is the appearance of damage, your document may not be considered valid. If you think your passport could have possible damage, contact your advisor.

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Do your plans involve cruising domestically?

Domestic cruising is cruising that begins and ends in a U.S port (aka “closed loop cruises”), the following *WHTI- (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) Compliant Documents are acceptable for cruise travel. If a picture I.D. is not affixed to the *WHTI- compliant document, a picture I.D. is required (a valid, unexpired government-issued photo I.D. for all guests 16 years of age or older). If the cruise includes air travel to or from Canada or another country, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport is required. Acceptable forms of identification:

  •  Valid U.S. Passport
  •  Valid Passport Card
  •  Valid State Enhanced Driver’s License 
  • Valid Certificate of U.S. Naturalization

Also acceptable for cruise travel (for cruises that begin and end in a U.S. port, aka “closed loop cruises”), U.S. citizens can show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate issued by a government agency and accompanied by a government- issued photo I.D.

  • An original or copy of a birth certificate issued by a government agency (state/county/city) or the Department of Health and Vital Statistics.
  • Internationally adopted children (under the age of 18): If the adoptive parent was not issued a birth certificate, cruise lines will accept a Certificate of Citizenship by the U.S. and adoption paperwork as proof of citizenship. A Certificate of Citizenship is issued by the U.S. once the adoption is finalized.

Be aware that some ports of call on closed loop cruises may still require a passport book. Without a passport book you will not be able to disembark in these ports.

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Do your plans involve cruising internationally?

International cruising is cruising that begins or ends in a foreign port. If you are traveling outside of the United States, all passengers are required to have a passport book that expires at least 6 months after your date of return. This includes travel to Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, and Mexico. Additionally you may also need to have a visa. Please consult with CIBT for visa questions (Account number 60010)

Your passport can NOT be damaged in any way. There can be tears, bends, water damaged pages, etc. If there is the appearance of damage, your document may not be considered valid. If you think your passport could have possible damage, contact your advisor.

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