US to Canada, do they check everyone for everything?
August 6, 2005 2:39 PM Subscribe
Crossing the Canada border from the US (Rainbow Bridge) -- Should I be worried about a minor criminal record issue?
posted by Merdryn to Law & Government (19 answers total)
I failed to appear for a speeding ticket some time back here in the states, resulting in a bench warrant (non-extradition, it would only be acted on in that state). I'm traveling away from home right now, and intend to go back to the county where I got my ticket and appear to the judge when I return from travel (I just recently found out about this warrant, and really am not the criminal sort, the failure to appear was an honest accident). I'd like to visit Niagara Falls, and drive back through Canada, but I understand that they don't let anyone in with a criminal record. Do they do computer checks at the border? My license is valid, but an "NCIC" check will definitely show the warrant (and show that it's a local-only warrant). I'd like to make hotel reservations for my trip, but obviously, I'm worried that the border police will simply turn me away when I get there.
What should I expect? Will they do this computer check? Will they care about a local warrant for a low-grade misdemeanor traffic issue? Am I being paranoid? What really happens when you cross the border? Will I have trouble getting BACK into the US? I'm a US citizen with a valid driver's license on my person, and I certainly don't look or act like a criminal. My wife and three month old son (with a certified birth certificate) will be with me, and we drive a nice luxury brand car.