Calif. could grant special licenses to frequent border crossers

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Updated: 12/12/2012 10:14 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California drivers who make frequent trips to Mexico could get speedier border passage under a plan to offer special driver's licenses.

U-T San Diego says a proposed state measure would allow Californians to have a background check and pay an extra $75 for an enhanced license.

That license would permit them to use special existing "Ready Lanes" to cross into the U.S. from Mexico rather than wait in regular lanes, where a crossing can take an hour or more.

The licensing program was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which must approve its use by states.

Several states, including Washington, already offer the licenses to those traveling to Canada.

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