September 16, 2008 --
Beginning this week, New York drivers will have the option of buying an enhanced driver's license with an identifying computer chip to comply with post-911 stricter travel requirements.
The new licenses will cost around $80, about $30 more than a regular driver's license. They can be used instead of a passport at US land and sea border crossings between Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, but not for air travel.
Officials will talk about the new licenses at the international Peace Bridge in Buffalo today.