Pennsylvania expects to spend between $24 million and $30 million in start-up expenses to comply with federal requirements to make state-issued identification cards more secure, less than a third of what PennDot said it would cost five years ago, state transportation officials told legislators on Friday.

Cost was one of the major reasons legislators in 2012 passed a bill, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett, to keep the state from complying with the federal standards. At the time, the state Department of Transportation estimated it would cost more than $100 million to implement and $40 million a year, double the annual cost the department now projects.

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