BSF5018 - Commercial Driver Registration Program Participant's Guide
Catalogue No. PS38-9/2014E-PDF
Table of Contents
- How does the CDRP work?
- Entering Canada
- Need more information?
- Appendix A – Commercial Driver Registration Program designated offices
- Appendix B – Client services offices
As a member of the Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP), you have access to a simpler customs and immigration clearance when you enter Canada.
How does the CDRP work?
As an approved driver, you agree to comply with: the Customs Act and regulations; the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and regulations; all other laws or regulations administered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); as well as the terms, conditions, and procedures of the CDRP.
Remember, as a United States resident driver, you cannot work in Canada without proper authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If you do so, you may be arrested and removed from Canada for violations of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
As a participant you have to:
- carry and present your CDRP photo ID card at the Canadian border;
- carry proof of citizenship, and any necessary authorization papers from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;
- report everyone travelling with you, whether they are CDRP co-drivers or non-registered passengers;
- allow no one to use your CDRP documents and privileges; and
- accurately report your personal goods when you use the Traveller Declaration Card (TDC).
If you misuse your identification card or TDC, you will be suspended or removed from the CDRP program.
When importing goods, you have to:
- declare all commercial and personal goods you and your passengers import into Canada;
- make sure no one in your vehicle imports controlled, restricted, or prohibited animals, plants, or goods (see the publication called I Declare or Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents); and
- make sure no one in your vehicle imports any type of weapon or firearm, whether non restricted, restricted, or prohibited (see the publication called Importing a Firearm or Weapon Into Canada).
You can get copies of I Declare, Information for Visitors to Canada and Seasonal Residents, and Importing a Firearm or Weapon Into Canada from any CBSA office or from our Web site.
Change of information or loss of CDRP identification card and related documents
You have to notify us immediately if:
- you lose your CDRP identification, or someone steals it;
- your personal information changes (including citizenship, address, telephone number, driver's licence, or credit card);
- personal circumstances change that may affect your CDRP membership, (e.g., a conviction under the Criminal Code); or
- you are a United States participant and your purpose for coming to Canada changes (i.e., you will no longer be a commercial driver).
When you enter Canada, you have to present to the border services officer your CDRP photo ID card, as well as any prescribed bar-coded documents relating to your commercial shipment (e.g., the Customs Self-assessment (CSA) Program approved importer's business number and the (CSA)-approved carrier's code). The officer will enter this information into our automated support system to verify all participants.
The border services officer will allow you to continue into Canada or refer you for further inspection or verification of your commercial documents. You may be subject to a full inspection any time you enter Canada.
As a Canadian resident with goods to declare, you have two options. You can use a TDC, or declare your goods directly to a border services officer.
When you enter Canada, you have to stop and present your TDC, your CDRP photo ID, and all necessary commercial documents to the officer. Wait for the officer to advise you to continue into Canada or to proceed into the designated parking area for further inspection.
For more information on your entitlements as a returning resident, see the publication called I Declare.
Traveller Declaration Cards (Canadian residents only)
Reporting goods is now made even easier: the existing Traveller Declaration Card (TDC), available online in a PDF fillable format, can now be saved on a computer or laptop. This will allow clients to fill out the majority of the fields on the form only once, rather than having to fill them out every time. Canadian residents are able to access the form at any point before or during travel, complete and print their TDC rather than using a previously issued booklet. The online TDC has mandatory fields that must be completed by the traveller before presenting your card(s) to the border services officer when you arrive. When you use this system, we charge any duties and taxes you owe to your credit card. We base the amount you owe on the value of your goods (including any state taxes) in Canadian funds. Declare all personal goods you are importing on your TDC before you enter Canada.
The TDC lists goods by category. Mark the value of your goods in the appropriate category. Be careful not to crease or damage the card when you code your information. The tariff guide, included with the TDC, describes each of the card's 12 categories. Use this guide to help you decide which category to use to declare your goods. The categories have approximate duty rates that may be different from the rate under the regular tariff system. If you want a specific duty rate, declare your goods to the border services officer when you enter Canada.
You cannot use your TDC to import jewellery, cigars, cigarillos, tobacco sticks, or watches. If you have these kinds of items or if all of your goods are worth more than the maximum value for the TDC (see table below), you have to declare all of your goods to a border services officer.
|Length of stay outside Canada||Personal exemption (CAN$)|
|Less than 24 hours||$0|
|48 hours or more||$800|
You may be able to claim a refund if there is a mistake in completing or processing your TDC. Mark your personal exemption clearly. We will not issue refunds if you have forgotten to claim your personal exemption.
For refunds on goods you have declared on the TDC, contact the CDRP Processing Centre for instructions. We will review your documents and mail you any refund you are entitled to. We do not approve claims for a tariff rate lower than the listed rates, or issue refunds for less than CAN$2.
United States residents
As a United States resident, you have to declare all goods, including personal durable goods, when you arrive in Canada. You cannot use the TDCard system.
Canada has special requirements and restrictions on goods like firearms, animals and their products, and plants and their products. For more information on your entitlements as a visitor to Canada, see the publication called Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents).
You have to comply with the CDRP terms, conditions, and procedures stated in this guide. If you fail to comply, we can assess monetary penalties against the carrier and/or revoke your CDRP membership.
If you commit an offence under the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, we can seize any undeclared goods and the vehicle used to transport them, issue penalties, and initiate criminal prosecution.
If you have questions about suspension from the CDRP, call the CDRP security officer at 905-354-5099.
Need more information?
If you have questions about the CDRP application, contact the CDRP Processing Centre during regular business hours.
CDRP Processing Centre
P.O. Box 126
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6T1
Telephone: 905-371-1477 or 1-800-842-7647
If you have questions about the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) Program and the Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP), contact us at one of the client services offices listed in Appendix B, or visit our Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.
Appendix A – Commercial Driver Registration Program designated offices
|Province||Location||Address||Phone number||Hours of service|
|Quebec||Lacolle||Agence des services frontaliers du Canada
District de la Montérégie
Route 15, Saint-Bernard de Lacolle, QC
|450-246-2145 or 450-246-2175||24 hours / 7 days a week|
CBSA - Pigeon River
7690 Highway 61
|807-964-2093||24 hours / 7 days a week|
|Ontario||Windsor||Commercial Operations Ambassador Bridge
4285 Industrial Road
|519-967-4234 or 519-967-4249
3:00 p.m.: 519-967-4235
|Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays
Canada Border Services Agency
860 Hwy 137, Hill Island
|613-659-2392||Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to Midnight
|Ontario||Fort Erie||Commercial Operations
Peace Bridge Commercial Centre
10 Queen Street
Fort Erie, ON
|905-994-6308||24 hours / 7 days a week|
|Ontario||Sault Ste. Marie||Commercial Operations
Canada Border Services Agency
125 Huron Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
|705-941-3067||24 hours / 7 days a week|
|Ontario||Niagara Falls||Commercial Operations
CBSA – Queenston Bridge
14154 Niagara Parkway, at hwy 405
|905-262-4612||24 hours / 7 days a week|
General Delivery Hwy 75
|204-373-2474||24 hours / 7 days a week|
|British Columbia||Surrey||Commercial Operations
|604-538-3635 or 1-800-461-9999
Outside of Canada: 1-204-983-3500
|24 hours / 7 days a week|
Appendix B – Client services offices
|Province, territory or state of residence||Phone Number|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||902-426-6511|
|Prince Edward Island||902-426-6511|
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