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New Passport Rules In Effect Today

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Washington, - Starting today you must have a passport to travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda.

The government temporarily waived the requirement for the summer.   Now that the summer travel crunch is over and there's more staff to handle new passport requests, proof of an application is no longer enough to get back into the U.S.

Those who left the country during the summer waiver and still need to get back will be able to return.

As a result of these new laws, millions of dollars in back child support is being paid.   The Department of State denies passports to non-custodial parents who owe more than $2,500 dollars in child support.

With the new stricter travel laws, more people have had to settle overdue child support so they can get their passports.

And as of next January 31st, Americans returning by land or sea will also have to have a passport or several other forms of official I.D. before re-entering the country.