The CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) permit program is now being delivered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Please note that turn around time for mailed in CANPASS RABC permits is at least 3 to 4 weeks.
The program is updated on a regular basis and a new application format is available yearly. Many important changes have been made to the program and application so we encourage you to use the current online or paper application to avoid complications or delays in processing.
You can find the latest information concerning the CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) permit program on the Canada Border Services Agency website.
Each person listed on the RABC application must have a certified birth certificate and a second form of identification. Youth may use their social security number, school identification cards, or report cards, if a driver's license is not available. Individuals over 18 years of age joining youth or scouting organizations, or visiting as part of an extended family or fishing group, will need to apply on a separate application.
Anyone with a DUI or DWI's on a police record must list this under the felony section of the RABC application. Although these are considered misdemeanors in the US, they are considered felonies in Canada. Each application receives a thorough background check, and if this is not listed on the application, the individual may be denied. The Canadian government reserves the right to deny entry to any individual with the equivalent of a Canadian felony on their police record, no matter how long ago the infraction occurred. Detailed information can be found on the Canada Border Services Agency web site.