California drivers who make frequent trips to Mexico could get speedier border passage under a plan to offer special driver's licenses.
The U-T San Diego reports that a proposed state measure would allow Californians to have a background check and pay an extra $75 for an enhanced license. The enhanced driver’s license would replace the need to carry a passport, which is now required for re-entry to the U.S.
That license would permit them to use special existing "Ready Lanes" to cross into the U.S. from Mexico rather than wait in regular lanes, where a crossing can take an hour or more.
The licensing program was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which must approve its use by states.
U-T San Diego also reports that only people eligible for U.S. passports can apply.
Several states, including Washington, already offer the licenses to those traveling to Canada.