For Canadian truckers entering the U.S., a FAST card is as
good as a passport.
That was confirmed by the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David
Wilkins, during a Canadian motor carriers' convention this week in Toronto.
reported that Wilkins said a Free and Secure Trade card - known as a FAST card
- would be an acceptable substitute for a passport for truckers.
President Bush signed a law in 2004 that will require all
entrants into the U.S. to have a valid passport, regardless of domestic or
foreign citizenship. But the deadline for that requirement has been pushed back
a few times.
The land-crossing deadline for everyone except FAST card
holders is scheduled for June 1, 2009. The date for air travelers to have a
passport is Jan. 1, 2007.