Enhanced Driver’s Licences at the Border

Winter 2007 CSANews Issue 65  |  Posted date : May 22, 2008.Back to list

In an effort to reduce wait times at Canada-U.S. border crossings, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that enhanced Canadian driver’s licences will likely be accepted as valid proof of Canadian citizenship for land- border crossings. The first phase of this project will begin in early 2008 between British Columbia and Washington, where a handful of B.C. residents will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot project and receive the 'electronically enhanced’ licence during the licence renewal process. This is welcome news for Canadian travellers, as Canadian officials have long been searching for a cheaper, more accessible alternative to the Canadian passport. It may be several years, however, before all provinces and territories have implemented the process for developing enhanced driver’s licences.