Mass. Lowers State ID Age From 16 To 14

A new Massachusetts law has dropped the age for getting a state-issued identification card from 16 to 14, allowing everyone old enough to get a worker's permit to also get an ID establishing their name, address and date of birth.

Rosalie Montalvo of Worcester, who turns 15 on Monday, likes the change. She says it's good to have identification on her when she looks for a job. She also calls it "training for the real world," since adults need to carry ID all the time.

The identification cards cost $25. Those issued to people under 21 are printed vertically, rather than horizontally, so they could never be used to buy liquor.

Applicants under 18 must have a parental signature along with a valid birth certificate and Social Security card.

The cards could also help police enforce curfew laws.

This program aired on November 24, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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