The Enhanced Driver's License or EDL is a type driver's license and ID card issued by the U.S. state in which you reside. It is a federally approved document that includes a machine-readable barcode an radio frequency identification (RFID) chip to speed border crossings.
An EDL meets driving, identification and border-crossing needs and allows you to re-enter the U.S. when traveling by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Please note it is not acceptable for international air travel.
Depending on the stae, to obtain an Enhanced Driver's License you will need to visit a DMV or a Secretary of State office and provide a series of documents that usually include:
- Your Social Security card
- Proof of citizenship (i.e., your birth certificate)
- Proof of identity and residency
Fees also apply in order to obtain an EDL.