Vermont has adopted a new enhanced driver's license (EDL) system that can be used in the state's border crossing program with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The enhanced driver's license will provide Vermont citizens the convenience of using a single credential for identity, driving and travel to leave and enter the country by land or sea.

The EDL will cost $25 more than a regular driver's license, but holders will then be able to use the new driver's license instead of a more expensive PASS card or passport for clearance through land and sea border checkpoints.

"Travel and trade with our Canadian neighbors to the north is a very important part of Vermont's economy, which is why the Department of Motor Vehicles is committed to providing Vermont residents an Enhanced Driver License option that can be used when re-entering the country by land or sea," said Bonnie Rutledge, commissionerof the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

States like Vermont and Washington offering Enhanced Drivers' Licenses are responding to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that, after June 1, 2009, will require a federally issued passport or passport card document to cross the border. The DHS-approved dual-purpose EDL takes advantage of the in-person driver's license application process, delivering convenience and security to card holders.