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Why do I need to show my ID for a ship inspection?

The Department of Homeland Security requires that all persons boarding ships provide identification information from either a Government-issued ID, Driver’s License or Passport.  This information is sent to security prior to the inspection for verification and prequalification.  Agents must provide this same ID when boarding the vessel.  Lack of proper identification may result in denial of boarding at the discretion of the cruise line hosting the inspection.