A Good Border Decision

28 May

New York’s Enhanced Driver’s License – it’s fortified with vitamin proof-of-citizenship.

New York is the second state to have an enhanced drivers’ license approved by the Department of duct tape Homeland Security. In order to obtain the new license, you’ll need to present proof of citizenship at your local DMV, and pay $30 on top of the regular charge for a license. In return, you’ll get the new license, which will have your information embedded in an RFID chip, which will be automatically read by the border patrol’s computer.

The licenses will be available beginning in August and will look a bit different from regular licenses. Now, if they could integrate this program into Nexus, it would be teh awesome.

The paranoid lunatic fringe need not apply.

(Photo courtesy Glenda @ Flickr)

17 Responses to “A Good Border Decision”

  1. mike hudson May 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    like many things in this world, the resistance by grown up americans to just get a goddamn passport mystifies me.

  2. Eisenbart May 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    I think the enhanced license is stupid and a waste of money. Like Mike said, just get a passport if you need to cross a lot. I’m gunnna wait till they blow more money to come up with a super-enhanced lisence and get me one of those.

  3. Mike In WNY May 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    The state can keep their license with the built-in rfid chip. It is truly amazing that people just rollover and let the government take their freedom away piece by piece. Some states, such as Minnesota, have passed laws barring the implementation of enhanced drivers licenses.

  4. TourPro May 29, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    Help Wanted:


    Enhanced DL a Plus!

    This will help all of us employers vet new hires for citizenship!

  5. dougk May 29, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    as election day draws closer, bp’s comments will become more snarky! readers, let’s start a count of crossed-out words and phrases during the run up to the vote

  6. dougk May 29, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    just obtain a fargin’ passport already!

  7. hank May 29, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    In every country on the planet,if you want to leave the country a passport is required.

    Mike Rebmann’s incessant libertarian malarkey aside, where would the braggadocio come from that Americans are the ONLY citizens on the planet who believe that they should be allowed to travel internationally without one?

    Cruise Ship lines now require a passport for ANYONE wanting to take a vacation with them. It’s not a “let the government take their freedom away piece by piece” thing. It’s called doing what the rest of the world does, because the United States is, where international travel is concerned, JUST ANOTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    As for the Enhanced ID License, if all Americans were required to have a passport, the whole Illegal Immigrant thing would go away. Let the Gov’ment put the RFID chip in the PASSPORT–And require it for employment.

  8. steve May 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm #

    Like many (most?) who grew up around here, I was accustomed to smiling at the border patrol officer and saying “Buffalo” when asked where I was born. No stinkin’ passport for me. Then the brouhaha started over border crossing and decided I would get one. I made this decision with some hesitation because of everything I thought I heard and read about waiting up to six months, the hassles over documentation, lines, photos, costs and on and on and on.

    The result? Took me five minutes to fill out the form, fifteen minutes to find the appropriate proof of who I am, an hour to go the post office-get picture-submit forms-pay bill-yack with clerk-drive home, and in three short weeks, my shiny new passport was in my hands. Only two complaints…don’t know why, really, but $96 seems a bit steep; and, who is that ugly bastard in the picture?

    Get a passport. Really. It also comes in handy if you have to take a commercial flight to anywhere.

  9. Mike In WNY May 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Hank, who said anything about unrestricted international travel? The U.S. and Canada have a long history with an open border policy. There’s no need to change it now!

    Soon your precious imperialistic government will tracking all of us with the rfid chips. Financial transactions, library usage and many other things will require the ubiquitous tracking chip.

  10. Queen Carlotta May 30, 2008 at 2:14 am #


    All you need is a great body and a very filthy mind to walk through the gates of Mortville.

    Anyway, Ontario has a higher standard of living compared to Upstate New York – Buffalo is Toronto’s Tijuana. The phrase most often overheard from Canadians entering Buffalo is “Have I gone to Hell? Is that it? Have I gone straight to Hell?” I don’t think we have to worry about any Canadian trying to take advantage of America’s sub par social safety net, lackluster potential personal income or subsidized NFTA buses.

    Is Homeland Security afraid of Americans leaving the States and not wanting to return? It makes me want to go on a rampage and kick every Republican in the balls while wearing my most fierce pair of Deborah Harry stilettos.

    Mike Hudson – most Americans are as resistant to getting a passport as most residents of Niagara Falls are resistant to getting a job – they are just too lazy.

    *hugs and kisses*

  11. Celtic Tide May 30, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Steve, Just for historical context it should be noted that the brouhaha started or was at least fueled by an event that took place a couple hundred stories up on the NY WTC/Pentagon or at Boston Logan/Newark NJ airports.

    And to our esteemed self declared aristocrat, you may use the canadian dollar as your ID since it depicts your crown or maybe a more appropriate form of ID may be their famously nicknamed coin. After all darling, isn’t the good ‘ol USA the only place where a police officer can retire with a pension of 100k+ per year? Who shall we kick in the nads for that? I’m sure there is a righty in your sights somewhere for it.

    Preservation of personal freedoms are of the utmost importance to many in this country, myself included. However, as most people agree, there is a need for greater border security at both the northern and southern borders. Personally, I’ve opted for a passport for air travel and should receive the new “Passport Card”, a wallet version of the passport, for ground and sea travel. The first cards will be coming out in June and there is no RFID to my knowledge. I think the cost is the same as the upgraded driver’s license. Though I’ve given up my eligibility for a NYS driver’s license by moving out of state, I’m working to divest myself of all contributions to the NYS kitty. Perhaps they will start taxing out of state posts to blogs originating in the Empire State but for now….

  12. Queen Carlotta May 30, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Celtic Tide,


    What would the people of the world do without liquid eyeliner or Republican leadership?

    I’ve heard of red tide but what exactly is Celtic Tide? Do you need KY jelly for that?

    Now I must go sink into a hot beauty bath to erase the stink of republican musk off my feet.

    *hugs and kisses*
    Queen Carlotta – the filthiest person alive

  13. Celtic Tide May 30, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Quennie, I think the smell is coming from a few floors up from your feet. From your posts, pen name, and self-admitted filthiness one might think that you have been moonlighting across the border at one of the fine ballet establishments. Hey, you are a perfect candidate for the new driver’s license, just keep it clean will ya or just jump into the tide, it’ll clean you up.

  14. steve May 30, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Celtic Tide — Having lost a dear friend in that “event that took place a couple hundred stories up” in the WTC, I am well aware of what started the issue with border crossings. The point of my post, apparently poorly made, was that obtaining a passport was not nearly the hassle many made it out to be — at least in my case.

    I make no claim to expertise on what will make us safer and protect our personal information and freedoms at the same time. Merely suggesting that if fear of long lines is holding one back from obtaining a passport, there is less to it.

  15. Queen Carlotta May 30, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Celtic Tide


    Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! Take it off! Come on, let’s see some ass! Yeah! Yeah! Strip faster! Let’s see some private areas! Ohhhh I see London, I see France! Spread those legs, baby! I want meat and potatoes!

    *hugs and kisses*
    Queen Carlotta

  16. Celtic Tide May 30, 2008 at 1:24 pm #


    I’m very sorry for your personal loss on 9/11. The point of your post was clear and well made, it really is easy to get a passport.

    The use of “brouhaha” in your post sounded like a lessening of the reasons that a need for greater border security became obvious but with your clarification that was obviously not the case.

  17. Kevin May 31, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    We were all set to come camping again in upstate NY this summer until we realized it would cost an arm and a leg in passports to do so.

    We are going to camp in Ontario this year.

    I understand the need for security but really, it’s going to hurt tourist biz on both sides. There must be a better way??

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