Senate panel approves bill to create national ID
BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights.
Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse a state stance since 2008 rejecting the added security requirement.
The proposal would allow for a driver's license to be stamped with a gold star if a person has produced documents, like a birth certificate, confirming who they are.
Officials say if the state doesn't comply with the federal Real ID Act passed in 2005, residents will have to have a passport to fly starting in October.
The bill moves to the full Senate.
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