New York Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday announced that the state is partnering with federal authorities to issue enhanced drivers licenses that double as border-crossing cards, Washington Technology reports. The move makes the state the fourth, joining Washington, Vermont and Arizona, to have negotiated agreements with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that enable them to issue a state driver’s license that also meets specific requirements for border crossings. Slated to take effect in June 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires travelers to show a passport or other approved document to cross the U.S. borders. However, some of the enhanced licenses have been controversial because of privacy concerns. For instance, in Washington, which was the first state to begin producing the new licenses, the new IDs include a radio frequency identification microchip that can be read wirelessly from 20 feet to 30 feet away. Such RFID chips have been criticized for their potential to be scanned without authorization, risking identity theft and loss of privacy. Meanwhile, Washington Technology notes that it is unclear whether New York’s licenses will include the RFID chip (Lipowicz, Washington Technology, 5/28/08).