offer a Real ID act compliant Enhanced drivers licenses or
EDL. This means a small RFID chip is in the Card (EPC Gen2
chips). The card contains a unique number and barcode that
link to a central file or database containing your info. Your
info is not stored in the chip.
On the Northern Border you have Washington,
In Canada, Ontario,
and British Columbia.
Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Maine,
are still working out the details.
Southern Border states will be offering EDL as well like
Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico
State-issued enhanced drivers licenses (EDLs) provide proof
of identity and U.S. citizenship, are issued in a secure process.
They provide travelers with a low-cost, convenient alternative
for entering the United States from Canada, Mexico or the
Caribbean through a land or sea port of entry, in addition
to serving as a permit to drive.
Enhanced drivers licenses make it easier for U.S. citizens
that travel to Canada and Mexico and will save you time at
the Customs Booth upon your return to the United States.
Four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario,
and Quebec) are issuing EDLs to Canadian citizens. Canadian
citizens can present an EDL when entering the United States
from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean through a land or sea
port of entry.
How it works: a vicinity Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
chip that will signal a secure system to pull up your biographic
and biometric data for the CBP officer as you approach the
border inspection booth, and a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
or barcode that the CBP officer can read electronically if
RFID isn't available.
No personally identifiable information is stored on the card's
RFID chip or can be transmitted electronically by the card.
The card uses a unique identification number that links to
information contained in a secure database.
This number does not contain any personally identifiable
When you get an enhanced drivers license, you will also receive
information on how to use, carry and protect your license,
and a shielded sleeve that prevents anyone from reading your
York, and Vermont
are issuing these enhanced drivers licenses now with more
states to follow.
The DMV sites of these states show the requirement for proving
your Name, Date or Birth U.S. Citizenship and proof of State
Residence. But the instructions can be clear as mud as they
are written in typical bureaucratic style.
The Driving Rules Network has simplified the instructions
for presenting the documents required to prove these 4 indices,
to help you avoid a wasted trip to the DMV because you did
not have the proper documentation.
Bottom Line: You must be able to prove your Name and have
a Valid Social Security Number. You must be able to prove
you Date of Birth (DOB) your U.S. Citizenship and your residency
of the state issuing the EDL.
Usually this means a Social Security Card, a State Drivers
License, Passport or Birth Certificate a Pay Stub that has
your address and SSN.
There are circumstances in which other documents will apply
if you do not have one or more of the aforementioned items.
Here are the lists of acceptable documents for proving your