Intl. Driving Permits,
Licenses & NEXUS
Update on the REAL ID Act
Updated October 15, 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted New York State a one-year REAL ID extension.
According to The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), during this extension period, any New Yorker with a standard driver license or non-driver ID will be able to board an airplane or enter a federal building without secondary identification.
The DMV continues to work with DHS to ensure all New York State licenses and non-driver IDs remain acceptable for REAL ID purposes. DMV continues to offer the option of getting an “Enhanced Driver’s License,” or EDL, which is fully acceptable for REAL ID purposes but costs more than standard IDs. However, the EDL serves more purposes, such as entry to the U.S. at land and sea borders.
For information on the REAL ID Act please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
For information on getting an Enhanced Driver’s License, please visit the New York Department of Motor Vehicles website.
AAA Provides Passport Photos
Your local AAA Travel Center can provide passport photos, answer questions, assist with travel documents, and provide a printed passport application. Passport photos are $8.95 for AAA Members and $10.00 for non-members.AAA Locations
Important LinksPassport & Visa Information
Passport and Visa information for both U.S. and foreign citizens
U.S. Department of State
Learn how to get a passport, apply for a passport, detailed instructions, application status, passport fees and USPS locations
United States Postal Service
Expedited passport service offered by AAA
Travel warnings, alerts and country specific travel information
U.S. Department of State
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL)New York State Enhanced Driver’s License
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL) are available to drivers who can show proof of New York State residency and US citizenship. Enhanced non-driver photo identification cards are also available.*
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
*AAA recommends a U.S. passport as the most effective and cost-efficient identification document for international travel.
NEXUS – Trusted Traveler ProgramThe Fastest Way to Cross the US–Canadian Border
NEXUS is a Trusted Traveler Program designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved U.S. and Canadian citizens. The program offers dedicated Customs processing lanes at designated US–Canadian bridge and land border crossings, as well as special kiosks at Canadian Preclearance airports, and other available marine reporting locations. The program is quite popular with frequent border travelers and families who vacation in both countries. Over 650,000 citizens are currently enrolled in the program. The cost of membership is just $50 for five years of eligibility, and children under 18 years old may participate for free.
Visit NEXUS Niagara for more information & enrollment
International Driving Permit
Before you travel the world, visit your local AAA for your International Driving Permit. To apply, simply print the application, fill in the information requested, and bring the following to the AAA branch nearest you.
What you’ll need:
- Complete & print the International Driving Application
- Two original passport-size photos (also available at your local AAA)
- $15 permit fee
- Photocopy of your driver’s license
Contact AAA for details, restrictions & qualifications