WY Gets Ready for Real ID

Cheyenne, WY – The state's transportation department is moving forward with a plan for issuing a federal identification card under the assumption that Wyoming residents will be required to obtain the document. The Wyoming Department of Transportation's Tom Loftin says the state has applied for a federal grant to help pay for a portion of the REAL ID project, but he says it could cost Wyoming four million dollars over the next two years to carry it out. Loftin says those who don't get the ID might encounter some problems by the time it's required in airports in 2013.

Loftin says the law will phase in as soon as May 2008. Thirteen states have passed resolutions against a federal ID, but most do little in the way of defying the federal government. The Wyoming House passed a similar resolution against the law last year.