Rep. Rogers Announces House Passage Of Bipartisan Bill For Enhanced Driver's License
Optional electronic driver's license will allow border crossing to Canada, Mexico
June 23, 2017
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State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) on Wednesday hailed the House passage of House Bill (HB) 60, legislation authorizing the issuance of an enhanced driver’s license, enhanced commercial driver’s license (CDL), and enhanced identification (ID) card to facilitate border crossings between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

HB 60, sponsored by Rep. Rogers and state Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick), would allow these enhanced driver’s licenses to be used by Ohio residents seeking to enter Canada or Mexico at authorized land and sea ports. These IDs contain specific technology and security features approved by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and may be used in the same manner as a driver’s license, CDL or ID card.

“Electronic driver’s licenses would afford Ohioans wishing to travel back and forth into Canada and Mexico the same simple convenience, without the additional expense or bureaucracy of obtaining a passport,” said Rogers. “The enhanced driver’s license will be a completely optional form of identification, allowing consumers to have the freedom to choose whether this license would be beneficial to them or not.”

The bill designates that after the Director of Public Safety enters an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles is to adopt rules regarding the issuance of the enhanced driver’s license. If applicants meet the necessary requirements, they may obtain one of the enhanced licenses for a $25 fee.

Michigan, New York, Vermont, Minnesota, and Washington have also recently enacted legislation permitting the use of enhanced drivers licenses, with over 2 million registered citizens.

HB 60 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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