By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says residents will have decide whether to take an extra step and have their identify verified the next time they renew their driver’s license.

Commissioner Melody Currey unveiled plans for the new SelectCT ID on Thursday. The program, which begins on Oct. 3 and continues over the next six years, stems from new federal standards in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

drivers license not verified courtesy dmv ID Verification Licenses Will Phase In

Drivers license, not verified (Courtesy DMV)

People renewing their license or DMV-issued identification card will have to show documents to establish an historical record of their identity. In return, they’ll get a gold star on their license, which will make it easier for them to get into federal buildings or onto airplanes.

People who decline will receive a license that will be stamped “not for federal identification.”

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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