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Governor Wolf plans to sign Real ID law

VIDEO: Real ID law

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania residents will have to get used to a new drivers' license ID program.

State lawmakers beat the clock Wednesday by passing a bill designed to comply with federal identification standards, also known as "Real ID."

The measure is expected to be signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf.

"I voted for it because it gave the option for no cost for those people who opted out," said Pa. Rep. Frank Ryan (R ) District 101.

"There is a lot more information that goes into a Real ID compliance license. I think that's a good thing," said Pa. Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R ) District 134.

"I voted for it because voting for it allows for Homeland Security and PennDot to talk, it's the only way we get that extension," said Pa. Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D) District 132.

On both sides of the aisle, there is frustration with how the bill turned out.

The bill meets federal mandate and likely allows the state to file for an extension. If that didn't happen, residents would have needed a passport to enter federal buildings and even to take a domestic flight.

It also gives people the option to pick between two types of IDs, one like they have now, or one that meets the federal mandate and will likely cost more. Those without the compliance will not be allowed in federal buildings or on airplanes without additional, approved ID.

The new law is projected to give Pennsylvania additional time to get its licenses up to federal standard.

"This does nothing for national security," Ryan said. "Waste of time and money."

"We're going to have a lot of confusion," Schlossberg said.

"The big sticking points are around privacy and the cost of implementation," Mackenzie said.

Some were hoping for a one-tier system, but that likely would have raised taxes.

"It would have been a problem for the state to bear," Mackenzie said.

It's not yet clear how much the new IDs will cost.

PennDOT has not started working with the Department of Homeland Security. Until the governor signs the bill into law, it is illegal for Pennsylvania to implement Real ID.


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