Border ID changes coming June 1

first_imgWith new border crossing requirements coming on June 1, state officials are urging businesses to get enhanced identification cards for employees who regularly travel to Canada. Starting June 1, the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require WHTI-approved documents for entry to the United States. That means that most U.S. citizens entering the United States by sea or land will need a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document like a Vermont Enhanced Drivers License (EDL). According to Canadian government statistics for 2007, 17,500 Vermont jobs are supported by Canada–U.S. trade and Canadians made more than 765,900 visits to Vermont that year, spending $148 million here, while Vermont residents made 148,200 visits to Canada, spending $56 million.“In business, time is money,” said Kevin Dorn, Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. “An Enhanced Drivers License or Enhanced Non-Driver ID can cut down on delays in crossing the border with Canada.”“Our largest trading partner, as well as one of the most popular destinations for Vermont tourists, is Canada, specifically Quebec,” Dorn said. “An EDL makes travel to Canada much easier whether for business or pleasure.”Only Vermont residents who are also U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for an Enhanced Drivers License or ID card, and at this time they are only available at the Montpelier Department of Motor Vehicles office.An EDL/ID costs $25 in addition to the standard fees for licenses or non-driver IDs, and license fees vary by class, duration, and endorsement. A standard 4-year operator license is $40, so an Enhanced 4-year operator license would be $65.DMV staff will determine eligibility for an EDL/ID by verifying the information on the source documents submitted and conducting investigative applicant interviews to determine identity and citizenship.Obtaining an Enhanced Drivers License or ID will require, at a minimum, presentation and verification of a photo identity document; documentation showing the applicant’s date of birth; proof of the person’s social security number; and documentation showing the applicant’s name and address of principle residence.Officials from the DMV advised Vermonters to consult the department’s website and make sure they have the documentation needed.“We have had instances of people being turned away because they didn’t have the required paperwork,” said DMV Commissioner Bonnie Rutledge. “Since the process of verifying the documentation can take up to 20 minutes, waits at the DMV are a little longer and we don’t want people to spend that time waiting only to find out they don’t have proper identity documents.”last_img

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