Can you enter Canada from the US if you have a DUI?

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    A group of us travel a lot going to music festivals across the country and in Canada. we've been denied many times, but that never stops the people without criminal records from crossing and waiting for the rest of us to hike to them and get back in the car. we with extensive records have stopped trying to cross the border legally. when you pull up and half of you are high and the other half are trippin, you're gonna have your name ran and you're gonna get searched. hiking across is a much more quiet way of entering and bring my fun in without question. Mexicans do it coming to the US and so many people seem to fight for the rights of illegal immagrints that i've stopped caring. i'm not trying to make a life in an intolerant country, however Canada is beautiful and i disagree with anyone that says i cannot adventure and enjoy this world because my morals are not aligned with theirs. i go to my fest, i enjoy it, then i leave. the first time i was denied was in 2003 the last time i tried to cross at a border crossing was 2005, i can't count how many times I've been since then, prolly around 25-30 times.

    i know all of you intolerant people will criticize this, call me whatever you want, i'm still going to cross and then wave to the border agents as i come back to the US
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    Our son had moved to Alaska some time ago and has considered moving back to the lower 48. Problem is that he got a DUI while living in Alaska. Will he be unable to pack up and move back this way?
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    Come on guys, I think Canada and Canadians are cool, and (most) of us here in the states are cool, every country does dirt, we all live on other natives' land, we speak the same language and do the same shit. Trailer Park boys reminded me a lot of the characters I knew growing up. I have a DUI and hope it wont stop me from driving up to Montreal this summer
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    Flying to Vancouver Airport on Sunday for a 4 day visit, have a DUI that was removed from my record (by completing diversion) over a year ago. Will I have any trouble getting in? I'm surprised that my passport would be able to pull up all this information
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    My roommate just flew into Canada yesterday and they stopped her at the airport in Canada and gave her hell about the DUI she got a year ago. She was also there last weekend with no problem. She had to pay a huge fine in Canada and now isn't sure if they will even let her go back in. Probably a good idea to check it out before you buy a plane ticket or cross the border.
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    All of the information on this website refers to CONVICTIONS, but what happens if you got arrrested, and the charges were DISMISSED. I live in Oregon and there is a doctor in Surrey, BC I need to see to clear up some cranial issues I am having. If they run a background check, or google my arrest, will I be denied entry. My charge is a class B misdemeneor possession of Marijauna. The charge says under 2oz, but I only had a few grams.
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    I'm planning on flying into Vancouver on May 17th to board a cruise ship up and down the Canadian coast and I had a DUI in 2009 and a wet & reckless in 2006. Will I be allowed into Canada? I've completed my DUI classes and have my license back and i'm a bit worried in regards to being embarrassed in front of my friends and family that are going with me on the trip. Is there anything I should bring or do prior to leaving in the next 2 1/2 weeks?
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    I am planning a trip overseas and have a re-fuel stop in Canada. We will not deplane and as far as i know not go through customs.

    I also had a DUI 5+ years ago; has anyone ever been turned away from a refuel flight because of a dui?
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    I had a DUI in 2005 but was able to go into Canada twice in 2007 without any problems.

    Has something changed since then that may not allow me to enter the country now? Or did I just get lucky that no one asked if I had been arrested?
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    Or, Perhaps instead of both countries bitching about DUI's, both countries could create automated transport systems which are guided by satellite, thus removing the whole "Drunk Driver" problem out of the scenario... saving countless lives in the process. But where's the money in that? How will that support the Prison Industrial Complex? How will that help the police employment? ;)

    As a human being on this earth, the earth, is my home.
    Drawing invisible lines in the ground and performing a massive circle jerk exclaiming that one side is better than the other side is most childish (talking about both sides).

    Here is an example of a world not run on century-old thinking, but rather the intelligent management of the earth's resources while applying the scientific method for social concern: www.thevenusproject.com

    I've read all the postings so far... very interesting stories.. I'm not entirely sure why anyone would want to live in Canada, other than some of the nice mountain views, but other than that.. there is nothing else in my opinion.. so hearing about how the border patrol is keeping people out of canada due to decade old convictions or records, is in the very least, ignorant. They should provide scientific data showing the correlation of violence from decade old offenders entering the country, then maybe they would have a reason to deny them, other than their "personal opinion" also known as "bias".
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    I don’t think you would have any problem entering Canada as you have nothing much just a DUI. I have also been caught two times in DUI while driving a rental car but have never mentioned it to any company not even my rental company. That’s why I hire from the same company (http://www.pointcarhire.com/ ) because I am bit afraid that some other rental company might put that on my record that can further hamper me in hiring a car.
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    If you have your record expunged or dismissed in the US dose Canada acknowldge it as
    a conviction
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    I have a DUI from 9 years ago. I work for a very large construction firm and have been instructed to go to Canada to set up the systems for a large project. I knew nothing about how serious Canada saw DUI's until yesterday so now I'm worried.
    I have travelled and worked all over Europe during the last 9 years since my conviction, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong & have visited the US twice without any trouble what so ever. Are Canadian customs really THAT strict?
    I know the fim has some good lawyers on my case but what I want to know is, what are my chances of getting a TRP with good references from my firm if I turn up with some old court documents?
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    Luv Both Countries My GF Is In NJ And I Live In Manitoba "Canada" For All You Americans. 31 Years ago 2 Weeks After My 18th Birthday I Got Charged As A Accessary To The Fact Got A Pardon Still Will Cost $1300 To Cross The Border - A Border Waiver My US Freinds So Shut Up
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    I was also very concerned about traveling to Canada with a DUI that i had on my record from 2003. My purpose to visit was for a Job interview at company headquarters and I would not actually be working in Canada, just needed to interview with them for 2 days.

    In preperation of Driving up to Canada, i submitted all of the paperwork to the canadian consulate in Detroit, but was not able to get the application for rehabilitation processed in time. So, not knowing if I was going to be allowed into Manitoba, I decided to risk it and drive up. I brought a copy of my application as well as all of the supporting documents from my case that I could get my hands on. This caused me stress as I looked and researched for weeks if I would be permitted entrance or not.

    When driving through customs, as anticipated, I was asked to come in and talk with an immigration officer. he asked if I had any criminal background.. I was completely honest with the agent and explained my efforts in getting a TRP and crimnal rehabilitation in advance. He had asked me if I already paid for my application for rehabilitation($200 USD) which I had. his response was "thats to bad, hopefully you can get that back". From there he asked me a series of questions about my offense and if i had any offenses since then. I had just one speeding ticket since the 2003 DUI. He took my application for rehabilitation and actually processed it right there, within an hour. He explained to me that their are minor and Major Criminally inadmissible cases. A dUI is considered a Minor case and the application for rehabilitation can be process right at the port of entry.

    The most important thing that I did, was I came to the border with all of the paperwork and documentation that I could, and I was completely honest with the border patrol. I can not explain the weight that was lifted off of my shoulders when he handed me a Canadian document that would allow me to enter Canada whenever I want with no more anxiety of being denied entry due to this offense. Just be honest and they understand that people screw up and can learn from there mistakes.
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    This is for the person convicted of multiple offenses both misdemeanor and felony and having LUCK entering Canada.

    I am not judging you but LISTEN UP to my story.

    I live in a US border town on Canadian border for 12 years and dozens of times have entered Canada for dentist, enjoyment, shopping whatever without detainment.

    I have a 30 year old misdemeanor offense and never once though it would show up .

    WRONG.

    They did a criminal check and it showed up. 30 Years old. And put me through the wringer. Not pleasant.

    Be warned.
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    Last month, tried to border a plane from Montreal to the Dominican Republic with one stop in Miami. I am a Canadian citizen. I was refused entry by the US Border agent at the YUL airport after a passport check. Because of a DUI IN 1991! Yes, that's right .... 20 years ago I got a DUI in Montreal and now, If I want to enter the United States, I was told I was going to need a waiver. VERY EXPENSIVE AND COMPLICATED TO GET THIS STUPID WAIVER! So, Americans have it a lot easier, believe me.... On top of that, I DIDN'T EVEN WANTED TO VISIT THE USA, IT WAS JUST A PITSTOP !!!!. Lost my plane ticket, my hotel reservations and money !!!!....
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    Well, the Canadians in Vancouver showed us what the Canadian authorities are worried about. It really is too bad. My daughter and her girlfriend were going to visit Toronto for two days and two more in Montreal. The girlfriend's parents were coming from the US to visit Montreal with them. My daughter just learned today about Canada's rules regarding DUI. She has one from almost 2 years ago and has a breathalyzer in her car. Now none of them are going to visit Canada. I guess I will never travel to Canada again because I have a 21 year old DUI in the US! If this becomes better know, a lot of US people are going to have to avoid Canada. I'm going to make sure no flight I am on touches down anywhere near the place!
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    Shrek. Hit me up bro... anyone else that has some tips on how to get into canada through the back door... also hit me up. paulbras@live.com . I wont waste my time explaining my situation here to these sheeple.
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    hey guys help me out with some info plz. My husband is a USA citizen and he had some problem with the IRS and they issued a warrant for him but we took care of that n paid them but its been almost 3 months and they haven't removed his name from the system. does anyone know how long it might take to get his name off? he was out of the country while this thing was going on n 3 days ago he was trying to come back to USA through Canada and they arrested him in Vancouver, so what might happen to him now? n what is the quicks way to get him back in USA. plz help me out....
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    Wow. I'm not sure I want to be a citizen of the US or Canada at the rate they're urinating all over our civil liberites. Ah nuts to it, I'll just sneak in through the NW territory, it'll be fun. Maybe see me a baar or two.
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    "ive been arrested 10 times and still go into canada with no problems. of course i dont tell them i have been arrested. i have never been asked about my criminal past either. i have entered canada many times both by plane and car. on the other hand, if you were a canadian going to the u.s. with even one arrest, that could be a problem. "

    I hope that this is not too personal, but were you just arressted or were you convicted. There is an important distinction over here in Europe
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    my fiancee and i are planning on driving back from the states into canada, he' s american, I'm canadian. he has an over 11 year dwi which shouldn't be a problem according to the canadian website, but he also has a teeny possession charge.. just a little baggy of pot - probably around 4 years ago. does anyone think this may be a problem driving across?
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    I've been denied entry to Canada based on a false FBI record. It's funny to me that people on the forum think the Canadian customs don't have access to your record. They do. And, for those who are concerned, it's case-by-case basis as you can see, because even though they have rules (like hating theft/shoplifting and DUI convictions less than 10 years old..) it also depends on what your record says about you and whether you are dealing with a concerned agent.
    In my case, even though the charges were dropped and the case dismissed, on my FBI record, which they showed to me, it states that I am a "fugitive from justice." I only have problems at the Vancouver/Seattle border crossing though. My friend was denied in New York for an old shoplifting conviction.
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    Very interesting to read your comments, cee. I have a forty-two year old conviction for shoplifting and it showed up on a background check run as a result of a NEXUS application. I honestly thought that charge had been expunged years ago and only vaguely remember the incident itself. Three years after that a charge for disorderly conduct - and nothing else for over forty years. Suffice it to say, I learned from those mistakes when I was 18 and 21 respectively. I held the same job for 35 yars - I have bought and paid for my home - I am on various local authority Commissions and Boards.
    So now I am having to pay the $200 fee for 'Rehabilitation' - not to mention spend an exorbitant amount of time on trying to obtain permission to enter Canada. It will cost me another two to three hundred dollars to obtain all of the records that they want ME to provide (when they already have them). It is also going to cost well in the area of about $2500 to have these two incidents researched and ultimately expunged.
    I really don't mind going through whatever dog and pony show Canada would require if it weren't for having to supply duplicate information THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE..... and having to wait months to get it done. I should think a background check that shows no criminal activity in 40 years plus letters of reference and job history should suffice. I think both sides are a bit over the top.
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    What happens to the driver of a car that has a passenger who is out on bail awaiting a court date for a misdemeanor? The passenger is, I assume, not supposed to leave the country, but if she/he is caught at the border, is the driver of the car he/she is in held responsible?
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    It all depends on what custom agent you get some just pass you through some do everything exactly how the book tells them. I have watched the agents read their manual to figure out what to do in their situation. Then again they themselves were an immigrant to the country of Canada, kinda ironic really...Good luck crossing have fun and spend some money.
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    i was planning on taking a cruise that brings us into canada, i have a dwi, that i am still without driving privlidges because of. i keep hearing about trouble driving or flying in, but what about cruising?
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    I Entered The Us From Canada Many Years Ago With A Friend That Had A Previous Conviction (Which I Didn't Know)I Was Charged With Stealing A Car Stereo At 18 Yrs + A Week But Was A Accesory To The Fact. I Went To Court Got Discharched As I Fled Not Wanting To Pertake.I Was Brought Up In A Law Abiding Family. I Also Aplyed For A Pardon Which I Recieved. BOOM US Customs 4 Hours Lucky We Hit The Tax Free Place 2 40s And Got Free Carrage Back Into Canada.In My Interview They Said Do You Know Its A Priverlage To Visit The USA LOL. Duis Are Not Allowed Into Canada Or Pardons From Canada Into The US. So Wake Up Smell The Coffee, Both Coutries Have Thier Ways.
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    Hi,

    I wasn't so lucky and got a DUI 4th of July 2010, never ever had any other offenses or bad record before this =( Damn it cost me so much stress and money that I quit partying and drinking! Anyways..we have a family emergency that came up and my family and I are planning to drive from California to Canada for the weekend to see my very ill grandma. Since we driving across border, will they let me cross into Canada with my US passport or ID..its no longer a restricted license since i fulfilled all my classes and fines.

    Any advice?

    PS: i even contacted a local CA police station and he said he never heard such thing as Canadian stopping DUI offenders from crossing border ;/
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