- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to issue driver’s licenses that comply with the REAL ID Act.

The Transportation Security Administration is set to stop accepting Arizona driver’s licenses at airports in January 2016.

Sen. Bob Worsley of Mesa says his bill allows residents to choose if they want to get a REAL ID compliant license.

Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa says he opposed the bill because ADOT might use it as a money making opportunity.

The act was passed after 9/11 to set up minimum security standards for licenses and identification cards.

Senate Bill 1273 received approval Wednesday and now moves to the House.

The Department of Homeland Security began enforcing part of the act last month.

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