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Rep. Damschroder pushes an enhanced license option in Ohio
They'd allow travel to Canada and Mexico
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Sponsor Rex Damschroder says people like the convenience.
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Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Ohioans to buy enhanced driver’s licenses. Republican Rep. Rex Damschroder, one of the bill’s sponsors, says that would make it easier for Ohioans to travel to some popular locales.

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“There are five states that already have this. What it is it puts a microchip on your driver’s license when you get a new driver’s license that eliminates the need for a passport when you travel into Canada or Mexico or surrounding countries.”

Damschroder says the enhanced licenses would cost an extra $25. Ohioans who don’t want them could still get the regular licenses.

Damschroder notes that passports cost hundreds of dollars, and he says states that have offered enhanced licenses report a lot of people prefer them.

 

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