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Ready for electronic IDs?
National ID cards are common in Europe. This picture from Belgium in February 2005 shows a sample electronic ID card for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
The Real ID Act, which could be signed by President Bush in May, would require states to meet federal standards for electronically readable driver's licenses. Currently state laws can vary widely. In this photo from December 2004, a liquor store in Massachusetts scans a customer's license to verify its authenticity.
Bill Gates and Peter Vanvelthoven, Belgium's state secretary for computer network development (right), hold a Belgian electronic identity card.