- Aug 11, 2008
- North of Boston
No, he's completely right. The CBPO working at the port makes the determination as to whether or not to admit someone who does not have proper travel documents. While you should have some form of passport, it's absolutely possible to be admitted into the U.S. without one. I've seen it happen dozens of times.
How long will you be delayed? How long does it take for rural border crossing personnel to gain enough information to verify your identity and allow entry. They need to do that, at a minimum, don't they? I would think to do otherwise, would be irresponsible.
I was delayed at a rural crossing in northwest Maine, for about 40 minutes, before passports, or anything beyond a drivers license were required.