SB1274; would issue licenses that comply with federal standard

In less than a year your driver's license will not get you through security at the airport.

The Transportation Department Security Administration is set to stop accepting Arizona driver's licenses at airports in January.

The licenses currently do not comply with the Federal Real ID standards, passed after the 9/11 terror attacks to set up minimum security standards for licenses and ID cards.

Travelers will need a passport, or a new upgraded drivers license that meets Real ID standards.

Real ID is a more secure, federally mandated driver's license. It's not any kind of computer chip like some people fear, but instead it's kind of like a special high-tech marker like they put in paper money, so it is harder to counterfeit.

The government passed a law for this during the George W. Bush Administration because many of the 9/11 hijackers were able to make phony driver's licenses and get past security checkpoints.

"After 9/11, we found that the 19 terrorists had 33 bogus driver's licenses, and it became clear that one of the things we had to fix after 9/11, was to make it more difficult to fraudulently make a driver's license in the states," said AZ Senator Bob Worsley.

Arizona is one of the shrinking number of states that has actively opposed Real ID. But now they are faced with the prospect that people will not be able to enter Federal buildings, or onto airliners without the newfangled driver's license, and the Arizona Senate has passed a Real ID provision.

"I travel for work a lot, so I'm here a lot, and I'd like to be able to get on a flight without getting a new ID," said traveler Beth McReynolds.

The bill is bouncing around the State Legislature now, and soon it will be on the Governor's desk.

Ducey has said he will sign the bill into law, once he receives it.
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