TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario has announced it is now accepting applications for Enhanced Driver’s Licences, which will be accepted in place of a passport when crossing the US border, even after June 1.
Currently, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require anyone crossing the Canada/US border by land to carry a passport. However, a high-security enhanced driver’s licence (or FAST card) has been accepted as an alternative.
Only nine ServiceOntario centres are currently accepting applications and they may not be ready for weeks. However, the first batch of licences will be delivered by June 1, the province says.
“As a convenient, affordable and secure alternative to a passport, Ontario’s enhanced driver’s licence will help keep goods and people moving safely and efficiently across our borders,” declared Ontario Transport Minister, Jim Bradley.
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