Napolitano signs onto Real ID secure license plan

By The Associated PressWASHINGTON — A deal between Arizona and the government will mean new and more secure state driver’s licenses, including one for use as ID at border crossings as early as next year.

WASHINGTON — A deal between Arizona and the government will mean new and more secure state driver’s licenses, including one for use as ID at border crossings as early as next year.Arizona becomes the fourth state to sign up for a federal program intended to offer an enhanced version of a driver’s licenses.

Arizona becomes the fourth state to sign up for a federal program intended to offer an enhanced version of a driver’s licenses as secure as a passport for the purpose of crossing the U.S. border under tighter, post-Sept.11security measures.

Governor Napolitano says Arizona’s standard license eventually would comply with the program — known as Real ID — that is designed to make it harder for would-be terrorists to get a license.

Unlike Arizona’s enhanced license, a Real ID license would not be sufficient proof of identity to enter the U.S.

Both types of Arizona licenses will be available only to U.S. citizens.

Napolitano said she hopes the new license will be available by the end of 2008.

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