nys-edl.jpgnys-edl.jpgBeginning on June 1 major travel restrictions will be implemented by the federal government.  On that date, all U.S. citizens planning a trip to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean by land or sea will be required to produce a passport or other federally approved travel document for re-entry into the United States. In response to the need for these new documents, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles began issuing a federally approved Enhanced Driver License (EDL) in September 2008.  Since that time more than 65,000 New York state residents have applied for and received their EDLs. Applying for an EDL is easy.  Simply visit any DMV office with proof of citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate, proof of your social security number, two proofs of New York state residence and an additional proof of identity such as your current New York driver license or non-driver ID card.  A complete list of acceptable documents of proof and additional EDL information can be found on the DMV website at http://www.nysdmv.com/. EDLs cost $30 more than a regular driver license and are valid for eight years. For adults who do not have a driver's license and children of any age, an Enhanced Non-Driver ID card, which is valid for 10 years, is also available. There is also no need to wait until it's time for your license to be renewed to apply for the new EDL. The cost for an EDL will be pro-rated based on how much time you have remaining on your current license or your license expiration date can be extended.  Although you can certainly apply for an EDL after June 1, anyone planning a cross-border trip in the near future should make sure to have the documents needed to make travel easier.  Your EDL should arrive in the mail within two weeks after you apply at a local DMV office. And, one of the great things about having an EDL is that there is no need to remember to bring a special document on a cross-border vacation or business trip because you always carry your license anyway. We are very pleased to be able to offer New York citizens this economical, practical and secure alternative for proof of citizenship.  For New Yorkers, it's the smart way to travel. David J. Swarts Commissioner NYS Department of Motor Vehicles