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House OKs bill making minor IDs easier to spot

New teenage drivers will find it tougher to use their drivers' licenses to buy alcohol and tobacco under a bill that passed the House Tuesday.

While Utah's drivers' licenses are horizontal for all age groups, under the new law people under 21 would have a vertical license. That would make it easier for those checking the age of people trying to buy beer and cigarettes or get into bars or other adult-only establishments to check IDs.

The new licenses would be phased in over five years, so those under 21 now won't have to get a new driver's license.

Besides the new look, the under-age licenses will also clearly print the date upon which the bearer turns 19 — and can buy tobacco — and turns 21 — the legal age to buy liquor.