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Free state IDs now available for some residents

Wisconsin residents who don't have driver's licenses -- and are old enough to vote -- can now get free state-issued IDs. The IDs are being offered as part of Wisconsin's new voter ID law. State Department of Motor Vehicles Operations Manager Patr...

Wisconsin residents who don't have driver's licenses -- and are old enough to vote -- can now get free state-issued IDs.

The IDs are being offered as part of Wisconsin's new voter ID law. State Department of Motor Vehicles Operations Manager Patrick Fernan says they're available to a couple groups of people, namely those who don't have a driver's license or want to surrender them.

For example, seniors who decide they no longer need or want to drive can surrender their driver's license in exchange for the free, state-issued ID. But Fernan adds some minors won't qualify for free IDs.

"The free product is only available for people for voting purposes," he says. "Anyone who would not be 18 at the time of the next election is not eligible for a free product."

The free IDs are expected to cost the state about $2-million in lost revenue. The IDs won't be required to vote in this summer's recall elections, but they will be required to vote in Wisconsin elections starting in 2012.

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