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Lawamakers encouraged to address REAL ID problems

Despite an extension that will allow Idaho residents to fly commercially and enter federal facilities in 2016, lawmakers are being asked to handle compliance issues with Idaho driver’s licenses and the REAL ID Act.

The Coeur D’Alene Press reports that Idaho-issued licenses and identification cards do not meet the 39 requirements that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants states to incorporate into their cards to come into compliance.

Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead says the remaining issues cannot be completed until the legislature acts.

Idaho lawmakers passed legislation in 2008 preventing the state from having to comply with the law. But the state law was amended this year to allow ITD to enhance the security of state-issued IDs for commercial flights.

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