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Louisiana Passes Law to Adapt “Real Id” Controversial National ID Program

  Julia O’Donoghue | The Times-Picayune


The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 79-22 to adopt a driver’s license that complies with the federal regulations known as REAL ID, assuaging fears that Louisiana residents might have difficulties boarding a plane in a couple of years with the current state identification offered. The legislation will now head to the state Senate for consideration.

The legislation would give state citizens an option to acquire a driver’s license that meets the requirements of REAL ID. But people would not be forced to have a REAL ID license in Louisiana if they didn’t want one.

Federal law dictates that a REAL ID-compliant license will be needed by 2016 to board a plane or enter certain government buildings easily. Those who don’t have one might be subjected to extra layers of security.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine, has included an “opt out” provision, allowing Louisiana residents who might be wary  of REAL ID to still get driver’s licenses that don’t align with all of the  federal regulations.”We aren’t telling you that you have to get one,” she said.


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