In Michigan
1:43 am
Mon April 20, 2009

New enhanced license to be unveiled

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land will debut Michigan's new high security driver's license Tuesday.

The new license will also double as a passport for North American international travel.

Travelers returning to the U-S from Canada, Mexico, or Caribbean countries will soon need either a passport or a state-issued I-D that has more information than the standard driver's license.

Kelly Chesney is the secretary of state's spokeswoman. She says the law will take effect June first.

Chesney says the enhanced security I-D will be more convenient than carrying a passport, and less expensive. The new enhanced state I-D will cost $45.

The American Civil Liberties Union continues to have concerns about protecting sensitive personal information that's carried on a chip in the enhanced license.