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"Real ID" cards issued by DMV

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MADISON (WKOW) -- They are the ID cards of the future, available today at the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

The DMV began issuing Real ID cards Monday.  They look the same as your old drivers license or ID, but they have added security features.

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in response to recommendations from the 911 Commission to provide more security to the nation's driver licensing system.

The DMV will give you the option to obtain a REAL ID to replace your current license or ID at the same cost.

Officials say that at some point within the next five years, federal agencies will require a REAL ID driver's license or identification card for you to gain access to federal buildings or fly on a federally regulated commercial aircraft. A valid U.S. passport or another form of federal ID will still be accepted.

 

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