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Published February 06, 2014, 05:16 PM

Minnesota driver’s licenses double as passports to Canada and Mexico

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesotans can now apply for enhanced driver's licenses that will double as passports when crossing U.S. borders.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesotans can now apply for enhanced driver's licenses that will double as passports when crossing U.S. borders.

The roughly $10 extra charge for the license gives drivers proof of citizenship and fewer hassles when crossing into Canada or Mexico.

It also helps Border Patrol agents be more efficient.

Since the ID has radio frequency identification technology in it, agents can scan the card before you meet them at checkpoints.

Brian King, U.S. Customs and Border Protection: “This document allows you to drive a vehicle in the state that its issued or whatever agreements they have and it can be used for entry into the united states at all land and sea ports of entry.”

The ID will not serve as a passport when flying.

Minnesota is now the fifth state to offer enhanced Id's, joining Michigan, Vermont, Washington and New York.

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