ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Technology is making the jump to driver’s licenses in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota residents can now apply for enhanced versions of their driver’s license or identification card.
They will allow re-entry into the U.S. via land and sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.
The cards contain a chip that uses radio frequency identification that connects to a database at the department of homeland security to confirm their identification.
Leaders say it will make things a lot easier, especially for folks traveling to Canada.
“It’s going to make it a lot more convenient for people who are crossing the border, especially in the northern parts of the state. Between Minnesota and Canada, where people are crossing the border fairly regularly, this will be a convenient option for those residents,” Department of Public Safety Director of Communications Bruce Gordon said.
Minnesota is the fifth state to accept enhanced cards.
Applications will take two to four weeks to process.
The first cards will be in use after February 17th.
Applications for the card are currently being taken at the following DVS locations: Anoka, Arden Hills, Austin, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Eagan, Hastings, Mankato, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St.Paul and Virginia.