Presidential Permits for Border Crossings

Under Executive Order 11423, as amended, August 16, 1968 (33 Fed. Reg. 11741), the Secretary of State has the authority to receive applications for and to issue Presidential permits for land border crossing facilities and states, in part, that “. . . the proper conduct of the foreign relations of the United States requires that executive permission be obtained for the construction and maintenance at the borders of the United States of facilities connecting the United States with a foreign country.” This authority applies to all new border crossings and to all substantial modifications of existing crossings at the international border.

Working with federal agencies such as the Department of Transportation, the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State determines whether a proposed border crossing project is in the U.S. national interest. The Department coordinates closely with concerned state and local agencies, consults with Indian tribes and invites public comment in arriving at this determination. Within the context of appropriate border security, safety, health, and environmental requirements, the Department believes that it is generally in the national interest to facilitate the efficient movement of legitimate goods and travelers across U.S. borders.

The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs receives permit applications for most facilities at the Canadian and Mexican borders, except:


If you plan to submit an application for a Presidential permit for Mexico, please read a detailed description of the application process and contact us via e-mail at WHA-BorderAffairs@state.gov or via phone at 202-647-9894.

If you plan to submit an application for a Presidential permit for Canada, please read a detailed description of the application process and contact us via e-mail at WHACANinternal@state.gov or via phone at 202-647-2185 or 202 647-3030.

For related information, please see the Federal Highway Administration's Border Transportation Planning website.


Notices Providing Policy and Guidance Regarding Presidential Permits


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