Biometric passports may be required by Canadians

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Truckers without a passport may want to apply for one soon, especially if the U.S. proceeds with a plan that would require all Canadian visitors to carry passports.

Those passports may eventually include biometric markers such as iris scans, according to U.S. officials. The proposal will be formally discussed between U.S. Homeland Security Director, Tom Ridge, and Deputy Prime Minister John Manley when they meet in Toronto on Oct. 3.

If a biometric passport is issued, drivers will have to insert their fingers into biometric scanners or look into face-recognition cameras before being able to cross the border. The system would enable U.S. Customs to stop people with immigration violations from entering the U.S.

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