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Mass. Licenses Spurned by Feds

Bay State residents find their licenses no longer good enough to gain access to some federal facilities

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    Massachusetts residents are finding that their state driver's license is no longer good enough an ID to gain access to some federal facilities.

    Authorities say that's because Massachusetts is one of nine states that have not fully complied with a federal law called REAL ID, which requires states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses.

    Unless the state participates in the law, Massachusetts residents without other identification will find themselves banned from White House tours next year and commercial flights as soon as 2016.

    A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tells The Boston Globe the state has applied for an extension to give it enough time to meet the law's requirements.

    Critics of REAL ID say it's too expensive, unnecessary and infringes on privacy.

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