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Enhanced Licenses Will Aid Border Crossings

SEATTLE- Easier passage back from Canada is on the way.

Governor Gregoire has signed an agreement to test 'Enhanced Licenses' in Washington state.

Right now you have to have multiple forms of I.D. to drive across the border -- a license and your birth certificate.

But these new enhanced licenses will allow you to cross without all that.

The licenses will look just like they do now, but have a barcode and computer chip that'll be scanned at the border.

Without it, you'd be required to have a passport starting in June 2009, that means $400 for a family of four to cross in for a day trip.

That's a cost the state is trying to avoid.

"When I was a kid, we would go up on my dad's boat, and then as I raised my children we were always going up. We went up to expo 86. I mean it was just something you didn't think about," said Liz Luce, Director of the Department of Licensing.

The licenses will also allow truckers to cross by just scanning the licenses.

It hasn't been decided how much they'll cost, but the Governor says much less than a passport.

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