The department of licensing in Washington State will begin issuing an enhanced driver's license and ID card in January 2008.
The new card will securely denotes citizenship and identity and will be an acceptable alternative to a passport for re-entry into the U.S. Land and see border crossings. The license will cost an additional $15 and will be available in time to meet the new tighter document projections at U.S. borders beginning next January.
Canadian provinces are expected to have their own version of secure driver's license soon as well. This will take a lot of pressure off of places like Whatcom County that border Canada.
Local citizens will be able to cross the border without having to obtain a passport. In the license will contain a radio frequency identification device can be used to speed up identification at the border.