OK, well now that is interesting, looking at several sources, including the Canadian Embassy site it seems that all sorts of things are on the list, the least of which is DWI’s DUI’s, such as shoplifting, misdemeanor drug charges and a host of others. The Embassy site seems to take the most stringent view, (not surprising) the US State dept. mentions it as well, and both state that if the event is more than 10 years in the past you can apply for a “rehabilitation” ruling. If however you have passed an FBI or other government background check then you’re probably OK since those seem to be the ones used by the Canadian government, at least for now, they only listed one state that has opened their records to Canada, but I suppose more may well be on the way, probably the other boarder states will be the next to follow. So I guess it really boils down whether the conviction was criminal, a misdemeanor or simple traffic violation. 30 years ago many DUI’s in the DC area were not considered at even a misdemeanor, they just paid a fine and that was that.
Its interesting that so many lawyer sites came up and seemed really interested in “helping” you get the required documents. Live and learn.....
pretty soon we’ll need a passport just to travel across town!
“My I see your Identify papers, please…”