Michigan’s Enhanced Driver’s License Program Passes Legislation

On Febraury 28th, the Michgian Legislature passed bills (Senate Bill 966, introduced by Cameron Brown [R-Sturgis] and House Bills 5535 and 5536 introduced by Steve Tobocman [D-Detroit] and Ed Clemente [DINO-Lincoln Park], repectively) that would put Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land’s Enhanced Driver’s License Program into practice.

Here’s what the program outlines:

  • Create the Enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Official State Personal Identification Card Act.
  • Require that enhanced licenses and personal ID cards include security measures to protect against unauthorized disclosure of personal information.
  • Require an applicant for an enhanced driver’s license or ID card to provide documentation demonstrating his or her U.S. citizenship, full legal name, Social Security number, and other information.
  • Require the Secretary of State to verify the genuineness, regularity and legality of every application and other documentation submitted for an enhanced license or ID card.
  • Provide that a person who made a false certification or statement in applying for an enhanced driver’s license or state ID card would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
  • Permit the Secretary of State to enter into a memorandum of understanding with any federal agency to obtain approval for an enhanced license or ID card as proof of identity when entering the U.S.

(Read more here: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127–186510–,00.html)

Representative Tobocman said that he sponsored the bill because “Michigan depends on the flexibility of same day travel that enables people to visit and spend dollars at local restaurants, casinos and businesses in Mexicantown, Greektown, and other attractions.  The legislation acknowledges the need for secure borders while minimizing obstacles to our vital trade partnership with Canada.”

I absolutely agree – although I have a passport, many people don’t, and this allows for a cheaper way to travel to Canada.  I should also point out that passport waiting periods are up to a couple of months now, so this is a way for people to get a document for international continental travel much quicker than waiting for a passport (although I’m sure that the lines at the Secretary of State are abou 10 times worse than they are at the Post Office).  This ALSO gets rid of the waste of time of having to drive to Walgreen’s (the only place I found who does passport pictures) to get your picture taken for the passport.

As far as I know, Governor Granholm has not yet signed the bill, but that may have changed today – I’m not sure, but I’ll try to find some information (as always, if you find something, leave a comment and you become my hero for the day).

Done Reporting,

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18 Responses to “Michigan’s Enhanced Driver’s License Program Passes Legislation”

  1. jeff Says:

    can i get the enhanced id if i owe child support?

  2. inkslwc Says:

    You owe child support as in you haven’t been paying it?

  3. jeff Says:

    actually i owe arrearges and i have been paying every week for 3 years now.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    If you’re actually paying the child support, I see no reason why not – it’s not like you aren’t paying and avoiding the law or anything.

  5. jeff Says:

    Right… I’m just wondering if they will do the same checks for the enhanced license?

  6. jeff Says:

    right… im just wondering if they’ll run the same checks that they do for passports.

  7. inkslwc Says:

    That’s a question for Terry Lynn Land my friend (but I’m guessing that they aren’t as harsh, since the passport is only good between Michigan and Canada). Sorry I can’t help anymore.

  8. Paul F. Says:

    This would be really handy for me since I have distributors and business partners in Canada and often need to carry my passport along with other paperwork for equipment. If I could just carry my license and be able to forgot about my passport (except for overseas travel) that would be awesome.

  9. Mikbl Says:

    My family flies a small private aircraft and I was wondering if the new enhanced license covered flying into the smaller airports in Canada and the U.S.?

  10. Phil B Says:

    Mikbl, No, the EDL will not be good for air travel. As stated in the guidelines, this is ONLY for land and sea travel. As you know, part of the requirement in filing the flight plan is to also provide necessary documentation about the passengers. This document won’t help you at all for air travel.

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  12. Jessica Says:

    what is the difference (images) on a enhanced driver license compared to a regular drivers license in the State of Michigan?

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