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Residents share thoughts on ID cards for kids
Chino Valley Speaks

From left, Kelsie Becker, Mike Foster, Jean Beier and Olive Anderson gave their opinions about the Arizona Department of Transportation's idea to have children carry ID cards. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

From left, Kelsie Becker, Mike Foster, Jean Beier and Olive Anderson gave their opinions about the Arizona Department of Transportation's idea to have children carry ID cards. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

A recent article saw the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division recommending parents consider $12 ID cards for children.

Jennifer Bowser-Richards, stakeholder relations manager for the MVD, called it an added layer of protection in case of an emergency or law enforcement situation, as well as a tool to help prevent identity theft and a useful item for anyone traveling outside of the United States.

When asked, residents who were out at the Chino Valley Farmers Market on Thursday, June 13, gave their thoughts on the MVD recommending giving kids ID cards.

“I don’t think it’s really necessary. I didn’t have an ID until I was old enough to drive, so I don’t really see why they would need it unless they were to go missing.” – Kelsie Becker

“It’s nice if they would have some kind of ID card in case something happens. I’m for protecting the kids.” – Mike Foster

“Definitely (for it) because I think there’s too many children that get lost or off somewhere and they don’t know how to explain where they’re at or who they belong to.” – Jean Beier

“If parents want them to have it, I suppose, sure.” – Olive Anderson

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Arizona ID cards have no age restriction. For $12, parents can purchase an ID card for their children, even infants. The card can be an added layer of protection in case of an emergency or law enforcement situation. It can also be a tool to help prevent identity theft and useful for anyone traveling outside the United States. (WNI Illustration)

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