Any family that’s had a teen go through driver training knows that a piece of paper serves as the teen’s driving permit – not exactly the easiest thing to keep intact, safe, and secure for the young driver. The Idaho Transportation Department, as part of its budget request for next year, is proposing to replace that slip of paper with a digitized plastic card that includes a photo ID. The budget item only requests spending authority for $50,000, and Gov. Butch Otter is recommending approval. The card, new ITD Director Pamela Lowe told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, will be “more secure and more durable.”
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