Well, the Capitol Limited runs within the 100 mile border quite a bit of the way, and of course all trains from New York originate in New York which is within 100 miles of the maritime border.Depending on your route between NYC and Chicago you could get a random border check if your run the Lake Shore Limited. I have only been on the LSL once and we were not checked. But they can since they are within 100 miles of the border.
Past that you should be fine.
Same here. It seems to happen less frequently than in the past.My id has been random checked on the train a few times over the years, but not in the last couple of years.
According to page 8-7 of the service standards manual, at the link below, it seems like your best bet is to have someone back home express mail you your birth certificate and social security card. Those two together will be adequate ID. It has to be your actual social security card and either your original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a regular photocopy is not adequate. https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/corporate/foia/amtrak-service-standards-manual-031119-redacted.pdfSo I lost my id a few days ago and I haven't been able to find it at all but I'm taking a Amtrak to new york from Texas and it's the only way to get back to my home. What do I do??
That does appear to be an option for New York residents, but OP would still then need either their social security card or birth certificate as a second document. That's still better though, because that means risking only one identity document getting lost in the mail rather than two.When I lost my driver's license, I was able to print a temporary license by going to the state license website.
Theoretically that is true. Practically it may or may not work specially if you have the wrong skin color. I have seen it not work for perfectly legitimate US citizens. I have never tried to see what happens myself. Spending a night in immigration lockup in la la land of legality just to make a point is not my idea of having fun.If you are a US citizen, I wouldn't worry about the border patrol folks. You aren't required to show them ID.
That is a very valid point, and thank you for the reminder.Theoretically that is true. Practically it may or may not work specially if you have the wrong skin color.
The OP is likely asking because Amtrak's website clearly states Valid Photo ID Required and it is a reasonable assumption for an infrequent rider to make that actually having a photo ID on their person would be a good idea. As many people on this thread have stated, the photo ID requirement is rarely enforced. But it's a fair question and the OP is right to research this prior to boarding the train.Do you have a ticket or do you have to purchase one? Don’t you have anything with your name on it, credit card. Why are you concerned about ID.
I don't know what hotels or Amtrak does, but I got myself in a situation at SFO without any acceptable photo id on hand to board a flight back east and no hope of getting one in a timely fashion. I explained the situation to TSA at San Francisco International. A Supervisor was called. He took my company Id (which had my photo on it and was verifiable with the company), my health insurance card and my Amex card, went away for five minutes and then came back and cleared me for TSA Pre, which I was eligible for as printed on my boarding pass.Since most hotels now want id at check in, and many businesses want to see id when accepting credit cards, at least having a written acknowledgement that replacement is in process, is a good idea.
I don't think that's possible since the TSA is not deployed at SFO. In my experience lack of acceptable photo ID means S4 at TSA airports. The last time it happened to me GE didn't exist yet, so maybe the right entry in the right database can make a big difference.I explained the situation to TSA at San Francisco International.
I expect s/he is concerned because you always need ID to fly. I seem to recall that the poster was talking about someone who was new to taking Amtrak.Do you have a ticket or do you have to purchase one? Don’t you have anything with your name on it, credit card. Why are you concerned about ID. The reason I ask that, I’ve never been asked except when purchasing a ticket or getting a traffic ticket.