Under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), an enhanced driver's licence (EDL)/enhanced identification card (EIC) is an acceptable document to present when entering the United States by land and water only.
The EDL/EIC is not a national identity card. An EDL is a secure driver's licence that denotes a person's identity and citizenship and is issued by certain provinces and U.S. states. The objective is to provide Canadian and American citizens with a convenient option that allows for spontaneous travel across the shared border. The EIC offers the same advantages as an EDL for those holders who do not drive.
Obtaining an EDL or EIC is voluntary.
Note: all subsequent information about EDLs in this Web section equally applies to EICs.
EDLs are available in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. EICs are available in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba. For more information and to apply for an EDL or EIC, contact the respective provincial licensing authority.
The U.S. government has reviewed the EDL programs of provinces on a case-by-case basis to ensure the EDLs satisfy the U.S. WHTI document requirements.
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