Which states offer an enhanced drivers license or EDL?

Enhanced Drivers License

The only states that currently offer an enhanced drivers license (EDL) are:

  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Vermont
States considering implementing an EDL include:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Texas

EDLs, not surprisingly, are popular with states bordering Canada and Mexico. An EDL serves as a driver license and as a pseudo passport. A driver in Vermont holding an EDL, for example, can cross into Canada without needing additional identification; if the driver carried a regular drivers license, he or she would need to produce a passport in order to cross. 

You must apply with your state's DMV to obtain an EDL. The fee is higher than a regular driver license, but less than a passport. 

Keep in mind that an EDL only works for ground travel by car, train, or boat. Air travelers flying into Mexico, Canada, or participating Caribbean countries must still provide passports. 

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