REAL ID bill headed to governor's desk

Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 19:21:34-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers have agreed to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements, reversing a nearly decade-long refusal to conform to strict federal regulations.

The Idaho Senate voted 27-7 on Tuesday on legislation that would lift Idaho's 2008 ban on complying with the REAL ID Act's requirements. The legislation is now headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

Real ID requires states to retain copies of documents proving individuals' identities, such as birth certificates, as well as applicants' license photos.

Idaho lawmakers rejected complying with the tougher federal regulations because they deemed it an unfunded mandate.

The Homeland Security Department has said it plans to announce soon whether it will begin enforcing the Real ID requirements for commercial airplane travel.