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Ontario residents can now apply for an enhanced driver’s license to use instead of a passport when crossing into the United States, Transportation Minister Jim Bradley announced today, even though the new documents won’t be ready for weeks.
The U.S. will require passports or other secure identification documents for anyone crossing into the country by land or sea starting June 1, while a passport will still be required to enter the U.S. by air.
What is it?
A new high tech licence designed to prevent identity theft and possibly serve as an alternate to your passport when travelling to the U.S. But a Ministry spokesman admits that could be ‘years away.’
What’s special about it?
It has a second photo on the front, raised lettering of the license’s number, signature and date of birth, a fine-line background, a 2D barcode, micro and rainbow printing, and ultraviolet features among others.
When can you get it?
They’ll be issued the next time you renew your license, starting this month.
What’s the cost?
It won’t be more expensive, retaining the $75 charge you pay now.
What if you’ve just renewed your license?
You’re out of luck. The only way to get the new version is to move, change the information on your current card or wait until your next renewal five years from now.