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March 31, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri House approves bill for federal Real ID Act compliant drivers' licenses

Missouri residents are one step closer to being able to get a driver's license that complies with a federal identification requirement.  

The Missouri House on Thursday passed a bill with a 99-40 vote that would allow people to decide whether to get a compliant license. Without a change, Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's licenses to board airplanes starting in 2018. They already can't use them to enter military bases. The bill now moves to the Senate.  

Missouri law currently prohibits the state from complying with the federal Real ID Act, which set tougher proof-of-identity requirements in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Opponents cite privacy concerns and federal government overreach. The Real ID Act requires states to keep copies of documents such as birth certificates.