DHS and the State of Michigan Team Up to Advance Secure ID Initiatives [October 13, 2008] [open pdf - 35KB]
This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Release provides insight into a security initiative agreement made between DHS and the State of Michigan. More specifically, "the Michigan agreement, similar to those reached with Washington, Vermont, Arizona, and New York last year, seeks to create an enhanced driver's license -- which denotes both identity and citizenship -- as a compliance option to fulfill Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements. [...] WHTI requires all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or depart the United States from within the Western Hemisphere. On Jan. 31, 2008, the U.S. ended the routine practice of accepting oral declarations of citizenship at land and sea ports of entry for admission into the U.S. Beginning June 1, 2009, only WHTI-compliant documents will be accepted at U.S. land and sea ports of entry."
United States Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/