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Passports/drinking in the States?

Hey guys,

I've been looking around online but can't find anything on the subject: Does anyone know if a Canadian passport combined with a credit card are sufficient ID to drink in the States? (A passport alone is enough to cross the border, I've read.) Sudden plans came up for a trip to Portland and Seattle, but my wallet was recently stolen, and I likely won't be able to get a new BC ID in my hands in time for the trip.

I am over 21, by the way.



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Oct. 18th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
I went with my passport and had no issues
Oct. 18th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course a passport is valid ID. I used it quite a few times there.

In Australia, some liquor stores won't even accept foreign licenses or ID cards; you need to use your passport. Bit annoying when they actually enforce that...
Oct. 19th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
I actually went to a bar in Toronto that didn't accept out-of-province IDs. It was Ontario ID or a passport. Needless to say, I didn't get my basket of wings that night.
Oct. 19th, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
Wow! Only Ontario is a bit extreme!! Especially seeing as you don't need a passport to get into Ontario from the rest of Canada... the more I think about it, the more stupid that policy is.
Oct. 19th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, good to know. As a Canadian, I wouldn't think of bringing a passport to travel within my own bloody country! (I probably would bring a passport, just in case, but not to show as ID in a bar in Canada.)
Oct. 19th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Exactly. They wouldn't even serve my friend's father who's nearing his 60s because he was also visiting from out of town.
Oct. 19th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)

Note to self: don't go to Ontario!
Oct. 19th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
wtf that is ridiculous. I'll just spend my tourist dollars in another province tyvm...
Oct. 19th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Should be fine. Depends on who's checking ID at the bar and whether they're idiots.
Oct. 19th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Pretty much this. The people in Hawaii weren't idiots and accepted my passport no problem!
Oct. 19th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
All right, cool. Thanks for the quick replies, all!
Oct. 19th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
The last time I was in the states I didn't drink so can't say for sure, but most place here just ask for ONE piece of ID, and I don't see why a passport wouldn't be accepted.
Oct. 19th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
A passport is government issued ID. I have no idea if the States requires ID + a secondary piece, like here in BC. But I have travelled to Hawaii and shown my passport as ID for alcohol, and it was fine. (I figured a passport instead of my BC ID was a better idea.)
Oct. 19th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
BC is the only place that I have seen lately that asks for two pieces of ID, I have not been to the rest of Canada lately but in the past few years I have been to Washington State along with many other states and none of them ask for two pieces of ID.
Oct. 20th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
One of my coworkers (who's probably like 50?) was traveling in Washington with family. They stopped for a meal and tried to order alcohol but were turned down. They had their passports and were told they needed to show a Washington driver's license or a military card.

You should be fine, but there are idiots everywhere.


Oct. 20th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the useful link!
Oct. 20th, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
bring your passport. In Oregon, a drivers license is fine for all Americans, but they almost turned a group where the youngest was 40 away because they said they needed passports for all foreigners.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've been to many bars in Seattle & Portland and some of the bars are real dicks about ID. I once had to go back to the hotel and bring my passport because I was out of country and the Portland bar wanted a 2nd piece of ID. I was 40! I've found bars in Washington state to be particularly sticky about things, generally.

Edited at 2014-10-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
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