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Bid for REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses passes House

8 months 5 hours 4 minutes ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 May 25, 2016 11:38 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have unanimously agreed to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal identification law.

The House voted 97-0 Wednesday to support the Senate-backed proposal to create REAL ID-compliant licenses. It now awaits final Senate approval.

State residents would need to carry only one card by choosing between a compliant or noncompliant license, under the measure. The option to opt out, and choose a noncompliant license, quelled opponents' previous data privacy concerns.

Without a REAL ID-compliant card, Louisiana residents could need a passport or other federally approved identification to board domestic flights or enter federal buildings within the next few years.

A matching House bill is awaiting final approval from the full chamber.

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