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Crossing the border as a FAST member

Free and Secure Trade (FAST)

You can cross the border as a FAST member using a dedicated FAST lane only if everyone in the vehicle has a valid FAST commercial driver card and you are transporting eligible goods for a FAST-approved carrier and importer.

However, as of November 25, 2009, you can use your FAST membership card as proof of identity and a document that denotes citizenship to enter Canada in all lanes, including regular highway lanes, even in a non-commercial vehicle.

The following procedures apply when using dedicated FAST lanes:

  • When you enter Canada or the United States using a dedicated FAST lane, stop and hold your FAST commercial driver card(s) in front of the card reader (where available) and then stop at the inspection booth to complete the inspection process.
  • For border locations without a dedicated FAST lane, present your FAST commercial driver card(s) to the border services officer in the inspection booth each time you cross the border.

Travel documents

Under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative regulations, your FAST membership card will be accepted in lieu of a passport when entering the United States by land only. In all other instances, your FAST membership card is not considered a travel document that authorizes your admission to Canada or the United States.

While your FAST membership is valid for five years, it is important to remember that your immigration status must also be valid at all times. You must possess the appropriate immigration and identity documents in addition to your FAST commercial driver card. These may include your passport, permanent resident card, birth certificate, work permit/visa and other related documents.

Declaring goods

As a FAST commercial driver, you must declare all personal and commercial goods you are importing whenever you cross the border into Canada and the United States.

Canadians returning to Canada

If you are returning to Canada and importing goods for your personal use that do not exceed your personal exemption, you must make an oral declaration to the border services officer in the inspection booth.

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Canadian residents can obtain traveller declaration cards (TDCs) that can be presented any time they cross the border into Canada using the FAST lane. TDCs must be completed before arriving in the lane.

When you arrive, hand your TDC to the border services officer in the inspection booth. If you have exceeded your personal exemption, the duties and taxes owing will be charged to your credit card.

U.S. residents entering Canada

If you are entering Canada and importing goods for your personal use that do not exceed your personal exemption, you must make an oral declaration to the border services officer in the inspection inspection booth.

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If you are entering Canada and have goods to declare in excess of your personal exemption, you must use the regular lane.

Canadians entering the United States

If you are entering the United States and importing goods for your personal use, you must make an oral declaration to the border services officer in the inspection booth.

For more information:

If you are entering the United States and have goods to declare in excess of your personal exemption, you must use the regular lane.