REAL ID license now available in La., after years of dispute
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents can now get driver's licenses and identification cards that meet the standards of the federal REAL ID security law, after years of state refusal to follow the requirements.
The Office of Motor Vehicles started issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards Monday. The move comes after Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers this year agreed to scrap a 2008 state law prohibiting them.
Louisianians can choose whether they want a driver's license or ID card that complies with the federal law or one that does not.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act to create national identification standards after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Identification meeting the federal standards will be required to board domestic flights by 2020.
Conservative groups have raised privacy worries about data collection and sharing.
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