Sounds like it will be at least two years and they now are talking about an identity card could be your drivers license if it has a bar code that can be read .
They are also talking about using the identity cards for air travel to .
Pass ports could cost both Countries a lot of money .
My best friends live in Florida and He will not get a pass port and I think there could be a lot of Americans who feel the same way .
The border cities on both side will be hurt big time if Pass ports are required .
Added later …Roy
Pass ports required as of now June 9th , 2009 subject to change … Roy
By Doug Struck
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, January 13, 2007; “An American family of two adults and two children would be required to pay at least $358 in fees for passports” and might decide against a vacation in, say, Niagara Falls, the tourism trade group said in written comments on the new rules.
An estimated 27 percent of U.S. citizens have passports, according to the State Department. In Canada, the rate is 40 percent. Critics have urged both countries to make their passports cheaper and easier to get. In Canada, an adult’s passport costs the equivalent of $75 U.S. and is good for five years. A U.S. adult passport, costing about $22 more, is good for 10 years.
U.S. officials are still trying to come up with a cheaper, plastic card that could be used instead of a passport. They have proposed a wallet-size version embedded with a miniature radio-frequency chip that could bring up computerized information on a visitor quickly at the border.
*Special correspondents Gabriela Martinez *