30-01-2018 – REAL ID: Fact or myth #4

An Enhanced Driver’s License can be used as a REAL ID-compliant document

 

True

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will accept Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) for official federal purposes such as boarding a commercial aircraft or entering certain federal facilities—the same as they’d accept a REAL ID-compliant license. What you WON’T see on an EDL is any kind of REAL ID identifier, such as a gold star. The enhanced licenses were originally created to serve as border-crossing documents into the United States from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, at land and sea ports of entry, according to travel rules laid out in the  . Anyone with a valid EDL had to go through extra steps to prove their identity and U.S. citizenship. Those steps, the secure EDL application process, and EDL security features are similar what is required by REAL ID.

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