Americans who travel without passports face new fines

Americans returning to the U.S. without a passport could face new fines at the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is looking to establish a "non-compliant traveler fee” for citizens who return to the country without a passport or similar documentation. The fees would pay for the cost of verifying their identities.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires that Americans present passports to border officials when returning from a country in Europe, North or South America.

Travelers who aren’t carrying passports often face longer wait times to return. But Customs and Border Protection is also looking to charge a fee for verifying the identities of these Americans.

The agency last week sent a proposed rule to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for approval. The rule is scheduled to be proposed in May.

It is unclear how much the fee would be.