NY Driver's License Embedded With RFID: Doubles as a Passport

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New York is joining Washington State and North Carolina by offering motorists the option to purchase an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) with an embedded RFID chip. The license will enable travelers to pass in and out of Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean without having to use a traditional passport. The DMV also notes that no personal information is stored on the chip, just an identification number—so paranoid travelers should rest easy...unless they are lying (remember, the government watches every move you make). All-in-all, spending an extra $30 for the enhanced license seems like a pretty sweet deal when you consider that a passport runs about $150 these days. [DMV via CNET via Jalopnik]


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That sounds like a great idea but I promise you when you get to the caribbean customs desk and flash a drivers license, they aren't gonna know whats going on and you will be heading home.