When it comes to planning a trip, it's better to be safe than sorry. So, when do you need a passport? Most trips outside of the United States will require one, unless your itinerary fits into one of the following exceptions:
Closed-loop cruises, cruises that begin and end at the same US port. For these cruises, a birth certificate and driver's license will suffice, though it's better to have a passport in case you need to fly back home for an emergency or to another port if you miss the boat.
Land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. For these trips, you can use either a traditional passport, a passport card, an enhanced driver's license (assuming you live in one of the handful of states that offer them), a NEXUS card, FAST card or a SENTRI card.
If you are a NEXU
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