New Passport Rules in Effect Today

(WVLT) - It's now going to be a little tougher to get into the US, even for some Americans.

Starting today, travelers coming from all counties, now including Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda, will have to show a passport.

Up to now, a driver's license or birth certificate would have worked.

The new requirement was mandated by congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It applies initially only to air travel, but starting as early as next January, passports will also be required also for land and sea travelers.

To get a passport for the first time, you must apply in person.

You also must bring the following items: two photographs of yourself, proof of US citizenship, and a valid form of identification (such as a drivers license)

For more details on the new rules and how to get a passport, go to the State Department's Travel Website.