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What's an EDL? Can I just use my current drivers license TSA

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Hi, What's an EDL? Can I just use my current drivers license for the TSA pre-check application when they ask for an EDL (enhanced drivers license)?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: TSA
Expert:  Longhorn Lawyer replied 4 months ago.

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ANSWER: Unfortunately, you cannot use a regular Driver's license in place of an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL). But your state may issue EDL's. Here is information about EDL's, provided by the Customs and Border Protection: https://www.dhs.gov/enhanced-drivers-licenses-what-are-they

Now, only a few states provide Enhanced Driver's Licenses: Washington State, Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York.

If you cannot get an Enhanced Driver's License, then you should take a passport with you.

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Expert:  Aviation Expert replied 4 months ago.
Hi my name is ***** ***** I am happy to assist you. If you are applying for a tsa precheck application you can use your drivers license. Here is the link to show the identification accepted. https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/precheckapplicationprogramrequiredid_factsheet_071615-508.pdf
Expert:  Longhorn Lawyer replied 4 months ago.

Hi there,

I want to be sure you are not confused. If you look at the link you just received, it clearly says that a Driver's License must be an Enhanced Driver's License. You cannot use a regular driver's license for this purpose.

I hope that clarifies any confusion.

Expert:  Aviation Expert replied 4 months ago.

You can use any 2 of the items in list b if you don't have list a ! My answer clearly shows that you can use a drivers license not the enhanced one. List B At least two documents are required if you do not have a document from List A. The documents must include: 1.) a valid photo ID, and 3.) a document that meets citizenship requirements. (e.g. one document from each column below)
Valid Photo ID • Unexpired driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the U.S. • Unexpired temporary driver’s license plus expired driver’s license (constitutes one document) • Unexpired photo ID card issued by the federal government or by a State or outlying possession of the U.S. This must include a federal agency, State or State agency seal or logo (such as a State university ID). Permits are not considered valid identity documents (such as gun permits). • Unexpired U.S. military ID card • Unexpired U.S. retired military ID card • Unexpired U.S. military dependent’s card • Native American tribal document with photo • Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) • Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**
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Valid Proof of Citizenship • U.S. Birth Certificate • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561) • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570) • U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197) • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) • Certification of Report of Birth Abroad (DS-1350 or FS-545) • Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**

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