No problem at all. The site can be confusing. Thanks for clarifying about your passport. Just wanted to make sure we were on the same page.
If you have your US passport and birth certificate then you have proof that you are a US citizen and that's the most important thing you will need to re-enter the US permanently to reside here. It is as simple as packing up all your belongings and either flying into your city of choice or driving across the border with your belongings. If you choose to drive you would just be subject to inspection of your belongings for clearance. You do not have to pay a fee to enter just to return to the US since you are a US citizen but you need some documents and may have to pay some duties on things you are bringing in to the US.
1. In order to make inspection go faster and easier it's a good idea to Prepare an inventory list of the items you are transporting and present it when you declare your goods to ***** and Border Protection at the border crossing. You may be asked to fill out a Customs declaration CBP 6059B> They will let you know.
You should also be careful not to bring items that are prohibited in the US - from the CBP website it says " For instance, lamb and sheep products are not admissible at this time; neither is pet food containing lamb and/or sheep. Also, citrus or tropical fruits purchased in Canada are prohibited. Fruit and vegetables that are grown in Canada, such as apples, peaches, etc, may be admissible, but must be declared and presented for examination."
- So that you are aware, you should have to have to pay any duty on things like your household goods and personal effects if you have had them for at least a year. If you need to make any expensive purchases soon, might be better to wait until you are in the US.
2. Since you are bringing your dog, you will have to show proof of rabies vaccinations and a certificate from a veterinarian stating that the dog is in good health currently.
3. Cars/Vans- Your vehicle must meet US safety and environmental standards .
a. A compliance letter must be obtained from the actual manufacturer (not dealer) stating that the vehicle does meet all FMVSS standards. The compliance letter is not required if it is a return of a U.S. registered vehicle. You can read about this in more detail under "Vehicle Importation Guidelines- Canadian" on this website http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/ and here http://www2.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines/importing-canadian-vehicles
b. An EPA declaration form is also required unless its a US registered vehicle. You can find that here http://www2.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines/epa-standard-form-3520-1-declaration-form-importation-motor-vehicles
Keep in mind that you can be charged a duty on any car that was manufactured outside of the NAFTA zone. Duty is currently charged at the rate of 2.5%. That's based on the price you paid or worth, so good idea to have proof However, most Canadian-made vehicles are not charged a duty
You can also contact your nearest Land crossing- Customs and Border Protection for additional detailed questions.
Good luck to you during this process and I hope this answer has helped you!
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