What travel managers and
agents should know
Enhanced Driverss Licenses (EDL)
are now being issued or will be issued by six states: Washington
State, New York, Michigan, Vermont, California and Arizona. The
EDL can be used by U.S. citizens for entering the U.S. at land and
sea ports of entry instead of a passport card or book.
A Briggs recommends that all
regular international travelers who reside in one of the issuing
states apply for an EDL.
Washington State is the first state
to issue the license, New York State is the second and the others
states are following.
The EDL can be used exactly like
the new passport card now issued by the U.S. State Department;
that is, it can be used in lieu of the passport card or passport book
for entering and leaving the U.S. ONLY for land and sea crossings. U.S.
citizens traveling by air to any international destination must have
a passport book as the traditional passport.
You cannot use an EDL or a passport
card for international air travel to any destination out of the U.S,
including Canada and Mexico.
Washington State has ads available
for use online in the public domain. The purpose of the ads is
to promote the use of the EDL for persons who will cross into Canada
from Washington State. Here is one of the ads: