The questions still keep coming so here we go. We hope these are the answers are helpful to you and if you need additional information don’t hesitate to email me at
Question: From Melissa. I am coming to Puerto Peñasco soon and will be bringing my son and his friend. His friend is 11 and has his passport. Is there any other documentation that I need or a consent letter?
Answer: Melissa, you should definitely have a letter of consent for the friend. In case of an emergency and you need to have medical attention, you will really want to have that. In the case of a child whose parents are divorced, you should get that letter from the parent who has custody and if the parents share custody, I would have both parents sign it and have it notarized. This would also apply to yourself. Even if you get questioned going back into the United States for some reason, you have proof that you have permission to have the children out of the country. I am sure the boys will have a great time on the beach as there is so much to look for in the tide pools.
Question: From Bill. Can you clarify at what age do children need passports and can you clarify if the what documentation is needed to travel from Mexico to the United States by auto. There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the new AZ driver’s license. Is it acceptable?
Answer: Thanks Bill, this question comes up all the time. Below is what I found out. It seems to be different depending on the source you are looking at, which is contrary to what I have been told previously. In other reports it says everyone has to have a passport or passport card. On my next trip to the USA I plan to stop and ask at the border. Regarding your question about the new drivers license that has to be done by 2020, there is nothing that I have been able to find from their site that says it can be used for border crossing from Mexico. Best bet is get a passport card.
Western Hemisphere Land and Sea
Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, children under age 16 who are U.S. or Canadian citizens do not need a passport when traveling by land or sea within the Western Hemisphere travel zone. This area includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the countries of the Caribbean Region. You must present your baby’s birth certificate or naturalization card.
For more information check out our blog post: PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD