Michigan shares 4 land ports of entry with the province of Ontario. These border crossings are among the top 10 busiest ports of entry between the US and Canada.
Because of the high volume of travelers and commercial drivers that make use of the border crossings in Michigan, the state has made it easier for their residents to comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Any US citizen who is a resident of Michigan can apply for an enhanced driver’s license and a state identification card. These two travel documents will meet the border-crossing requirements of both Canada and the US – verifying identity and citizenship. These same documents contain Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips that will allow you to use available Ready Lanes in land ports of entry.
Travel tips when using any of the four border crossings in Michigan:
- Canadians who wish to hunt in Michigan are required to get a DNR Sportcard and a base license to be able to hunt small game. Additional licenses and permits are required for hunting big game.
- There are import restrictions on hunters importing free-ranging deer, elk, or moose into Michigan from Alberta, or Saskatchewan. According to the Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, only the following parts are allowed for importation: deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to a skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue, hides, upper canine teeth, or a finished taxidermy mount.
- Fishing enthusiasts who are aged 17 years or older will need to acquire a DNR Sportcard and a fishing license if they want to fish in Michigan waters. Permits and tags are also given for muskellunge and sturgeon.
If you want to learn more about each of the ports of entry between Michigan and Ontario, please click on the links posted below. Each page details information regarding a specific border crossing including border wait times, traffic conditions, directions, and contact information.