Not sure if other border states are going to do this, but I imagine if it's successful here in WA, that it won't be long before the more populated states like Michigan and New York follow suit, if they haven't already. The EDL/ID will cost an additional $15 over the price of renewing a regular old driver's license, but it's definitely worth it for those who want the convenience of not bringing a passport along on road-trips to Canada or for those who have no need or desire to have a real passport.
The following security enhancements included in the EDL/ID are industry best practices:
- An icon on the front of the card to indicate that it is an EDL/ID.
- The back of the card will have a Machine Readable Zone, just like a passport, that can be scanned at the border.
- Passive vicinity radio frequency identification (RFID) will be embedded in the card. This RFID is required by the federal government to facilitate rapid identification checks at the border.
- The RFID tag embedded in the EDL/ID will have a unique reference number and will not contain personal information.
- Data encryption, secure networks, and firewalls will protect the transmission of EDL/ID information.
Get more information about the EDL/ID here.