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Washington Introducing An Enhanced Driver's License

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The State of Washington is making it easier for people to get in and out of the country when the United States tightens up its border requirements.     

As of January 31st all travelers must have both proof of identity and proof of citizenship at any border crossing. 

So next Tuesday the state is rolling out what it calls an "Enhanced Driver's License".  People can use it in place of a passport when crossing by land or sea, but not by air.  The state anticipates more people will do international traveling, and claim it should eliminate some of the hassle. 

"The 2010 Olympics are coming to British Columbia as well as the 2009 World Games and we wanted to make sure that our quality of life wouldn't change," said Gigi Zenk, Washington Dept. of Licensing, Communications Director.

To get one, call to make an appointment at the Department of Licensing in Kennewick at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave.  The cost is $15 more than a regular license.  You'll need to bring proof of residency, photo I. D., and your birth certificate.