Hassan signs 'Real ID' law on enhanced driver's license needed to fly
CONCORD (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that gives New Hampshire residents the option to get an enhanced driver's license to comply with the federal "Real ID" law.
The federal law requires the enhanced licenses to enter federal facilities and board airplanes. New Hampshire was one of a handful of states that didn't give residents an option to get a Real ID-complaint license, which requires a valid birth certificate and Social Security number.
Hassan, who signed the bill Tuesday, said it balances the option while "retaining control of our data to protect the private information of our citizens." She said she was glad to sign it so residents don't have to get a federal passport in order to enter secure facilities or airplanes.