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Amtrak Conductor Checking Tickets

Who wants to see my Amtrak ticket and when?


Once aboard your Amtrak train, the conductor will check your tickets. Below the picture, learn more about who wants to see your Amtrak ticket and when.
Amtrak Conductor Checking Tickets Onboard amtrak train

Amtrak Conductor Checking Tickets

© Kathleen Crislip
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Before you board your Amtrak train, an attendant will look at your ticket in order to direct you to your sleeper compartment or coach seat. Once your Amtrak train is rolling, and maybe sooner, the conductor or assistant conductor will come by and ask to see your ticket to ensure you've got a valid ticket and you're in the right coach seat or sleeper. You'll also be asked for id -- have it ready if you're over 15. Train personnel can ask to see your ticket or id at any time during your journey although, in my experience, attendants get to know everyone's face fast and will know whether you're where you should be (meaning sneaking into a sleeper from coach doesn't work).

What you must have for id on an Amtrak train:

  • EITHER one piece of photo identification issued by a government authority, like a driver's license or a passport, OR
  • Two pieces of identification, at least one of which is a non-photo ID issued by a government authority

Acceptable id, according to Amtrak dot com:

  • State or provincial driver's license
  • Passport
  • Official government-issued identification (federal, state or county government or legitimate foreign government) -- like a state id that is not a driver's license
  • Canadian provincial health card ID card with photo
  • Military photo ID
  • Student identification (university, college or high school photo ID)
  • Job Corps photo ID

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