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Old 03-01-2012, 20:21   #16
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Old 07-01-2012, 17:50   #17
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Been going to the Bahamas for 20 years and have never checked out. Customs/Immigration would look at your funny if you said I'm here to check out. Never mailed anything back and never been questioned about a previous trip. Clear when you get to the Bahamas and when you get back to the US. We also have the LBO cards and just call upon US arrival.
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I didn't check out once and then when I returned the next year (checking in at Bimini), the young, gracious customs officer figuratively rapped my knuckles for it. She made me complete a check out form for the previous year, before accepting the new one! However, she did wag her finger at me with a most attractive smile on her face. So, I guess it really isn't a big deal, but know that there are computers, databases and networks everywhere these days!

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I think she was hitting on you. I've never checked out in 20+ years or mailed anything back.
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Old 19-12-2012, 18:08   #19
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How do you get an LBO card?
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Old 19-12-2012, 19:19   #20
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How do you get an LBO card?
Read all about it on CBP website.
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Old 20-12-2012, 05:19   #21
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How do you get an LBO card?
Go to your local Customs Office and fill out the paperwork. Basically they call it their interview process. They will issue you the card while your there or at least they did for us. Very simple and well worth having it since all you do is call upon arrival in the states. Anyone traveling with you will need it as well otherwise they may have to report to a customs office.
Forgot you need to call Customs and make an appointment.
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Go to your local Customs Office and fill out the paperwork. Basically they call it their interview process. They will issue you the card while your there or at least they did for us. Very simple and well worth having it since all you do is call upon arrival in the states. Anyone traveling with you will need it as well otherwise they may have to report to a customs office.
Forgot you need to call Customs and make an appointment.
Take your passport with you when you do this. The interview is essentially like entering the states through a regular immigration check points plus they ask you a lot of personal questions so they can make sure you are really the person they're talking to on the phone when you call to check in. It's really a quite painless process. One issue that I had is that they wrote your number on the card with ink that rubbed off. I kept it in my wallet and after a few months could not read the number any more, which required a trip to the cpb office to recover. In any case make a couple of photocopies of the card when you first get it and store them in safe places.
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