Utah House votes to opt out of REAL ID compliance

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has voted to forbid state agencies from complying with the federal REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act was launched after the 2001 terror attacks to make driver's licenses more secure. Under the act, driver's licenses would only be issued after a number of identity checks, including immigration status and verification of birth certificates.

The plan has been unpopular in many states because critics say it is too expensive, an invasion of privacy and won't make the country any safer.

The House approved the bill Thursday 68-6 over concerns that Utah residents wouldn't be able to board airplanes without a compliant driver's license.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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