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Federal Government Approves Enhanced Drivers Licenses in New York

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The federal government has formally approved the state's "enhanced" driver's license. It will allow travelers to enter the United States without a passport when strict border crossing requirement take effect a year from now.

State Motor Vehicles Commissioner David Swarts says there will be an added charge for the enhanced licenses.

"The cost of the enhanced drivers license will be $30 above the cost of the current drivers license, bringing the total to $80," Swarts said. "It's still significantly cheaper than a US passport."

Swarts says he expects the new enhanced licenses will be available late this summer. He says drivers will still be able to obtain a standard license if they have no need for the enhanced option.