I'm a US citizen planning a trip to Montreal in about 15 days. I don't have a passport. However, I do have my birth certificate and valid ID. Will this be enough to enter Canada and reenter the US? Has anyone done this yet?
CBSA states that a U.S. Passport, NEXUS or FAST card, U.S. Passport Card or Enhanced driver's license is required to enter the country. To reenter the USA you will definitely need a Passport Book or Card unless you plan on staying north of the border.
Border crossings can be difficult without the correct identification. You most likely will be denied access to Canada without one of the items listed above. It is up to the discretion of the border agent.
I recommend obtaining the passport card ASAP and pay the expedited fee if your travel plans can't be changed.
Also check CBSA official site for the latest updates. May be easier to get into Canada than it is to get back home. Passport is your safest option.
Actually, the birth certificate seems to be enough.
First entry, Have proper identification
Identification requirements for U. S. citizens and permanent residents
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Card.
Looks like travelling to Canada don't require a passport. For return to the U.S., you'll have to check the Customs and Border Protection website. Make sure the return requirements are met because they're not the same.