Brown rejects driver's licenses to ease border crossings

Oct 10, 2015 12:36 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have positioned California to be the first state on the U.S. border with Mexico to issue driver's licenses that can be used to prove citizenship when entering the country.

The bill would have authorized California's Department of Motor Vehicles to negotiate with the federal government to issue enhanced driver's licenses.

The new licenses would have been equipped with radio-frequency identification chips that allow border inspectors to retrieve personal information on their computer screens.

Business groups including the California Chamber of Commerce and local governments along California's border with Mexico have embraced the measure as a way to boost trade and tourism by shortening border waits. Privacy groups were opposed.

Five U.S. states on the Canadian border have similar licenses.

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