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Real ID could cost state $5 million


ST. PAUL -- Freed from a gag rule on planning for federal Real ID driver’s license standards, the Minnesota Public Safety Department reported Thursday that it could cost the state more than $5 million for the state to adopt the rules this year.

In a report, prepared for lawmakers to discuss Friday, the agency released a list of costs and steps needed for Minnesota driver’s licenses to be considered secure enough for federal officials to accept them at airport security lines and other federal uses. The federal government said late last year that starting in 2018, it would begin rejecting state licenses as sufficient identification for airport and other federal purposes.


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