Tri-Cities, Yakima -- After months of planning, Washington State's new enhanced drivers license, which also serves as a passport, is available.
Those who want it are required to supply to the Department of Licensing proof of citizenship and residency as well as a photo I.D. They'll also interview with a licensing representative. Many, like Andrew Huff of Pasco, believe the effort to get it is worth it. Huff, who was at the Licensing Department on Clearwater in Kennewick, said Tuesday,
"It's better security, you don't have to carry so much paperwork, and it helps keep out some of the riff raff."
Huff's friend, Greg Allenton, who just returned to the U.S. following a cruise in Mexico, said he likely would not invest in the enhanced license now, but may later.
"I wouldn't waste the money. I already have a passport. Maybe down the road when my passport has to be renewed, I probably would.
Beginning January 31, travelers like Huff and Allenton will be required to show photo I.D. and proof of citizenship in order to cross the borders by land or sea. The enhanced license acts as both. It costs 15 dollars if you already have a state license.