Can I still enter Canada with a speeding ticket?

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KLM Immigration Law
May 9, 2023
Can I still enter Canada with a speeding ticket

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The short answer is yes, you can cross the Canadian border with a simple speeding ticket. Getting this type of ticket is not considered a criminal offense in Canada. Remember that depending on the nature of the traffic violation (parking ticket, traffic violation ticket, unpaid ticket), it may appear on your criminal record. Keep reading to find out the answer on entering Canada with a speeding ticket.

What is a speeding ticket?

The traffic tickets service in Canada calculates speeding tickets based on the number of kilometers driven over the speed limit. For example, if the speed limit is 100mph (160.93 km/h), and you drive at 120, you’ll be fined $4.50 per kilometer over 100.

Here’s a breakdown of the costs associated with careless driving in Canada:

  • 1-19 km/h over the limit: $3 per km
  • 20-20 km/h over the limit: $4.50 per km
  • 30-49 km/h over the limit: $7 per km

Keep in mind that beyond the speeding ticket and the severity of the offense, Canadian central authorities may also impose other penalties. The crime’s severity will also vary depending on which zones the speeding occurred (community zone, school zone).

Entering Canada with a speeding ticket: What you need to know

While dangerous driving in the United States is often categorized as a serious crime in Canada, most “regular” speeding tickets won’t result in problems at the Canadian border entry. The offense would require applying for and being approved for either a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or for Criminal Rehabilitation if the speeding ticket resulted from aggressive driving, drunk driving or a risk of contact with people. If you have a criminal record due to a dangerous operation, applying for and obtaining the right permit would be necessary before you can enter Canada legally. Border agents will ask you for these special travel documents.

If you have legal matters, discuss your travel plans with an experienced immigration lawyer to get the right advice and avoid any issues with the border agents.

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