Which states offer an enhanced drivers license or EDL?
Enhanced Drivers LicenseThe only states that currently offer an enhanced drivers license (EDL) are:
- New York
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
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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