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Saturday, January 12, 2008

The REAL ID Act

Are you younger than me (6-22-64)? I know. . .who ISN'T? Seriously though, if you were born after December 1, 1964, new rules put into place yesterday will require you to get a more secure driver's license in the next six years:

By 2014, anyone seeking to board an airplane or enter a federal building would have to present a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, with the notable exception of those more than 50 years old, Homeland Security officials said.

The over-50 exemption was created to give states more time to get everyone new licenses, and officials say the risk of someone in that age group being a terrorist, illegal immigrant or con artist is much less. By 2017, even those over 50 must have a REAL ID-compliant card to board a plane.

So far, 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to the REAL ID Act's provisions, many due to concerns it will cost them too much to comply. The 17, according to the ACLU, are: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington state.



The American Civil Liberties Union has fiercely objected to the effort, particularly the sharing of personal data among government agencies. The DHS and other officials say the only way to ensure an ID is safe is to check it against secure government data; critics such as the ACLU say that creates a system that is more likely to be infiltrated and have its personal data pilfered.

In its written objection to the law, the ACLU claims REAL ID amounts to the "first-ever national identity card system," which "would irreparably damage the fabric of American life."

May I see your papers, please?

— Stasi

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kody Tinnel said...

Ridiculous.

title="comment permalink">January 12, 2008 1:35 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

The over-50 exemption was created to give states more time to get everyone new licenses, and officials say the risk of someone in that age group being a terrorist, illegal immigrant or con artist is much less

Heh heh heh....they never met me! Bwahahahahhahah!

title="comment permalink">January 12, 2008 11:09 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I saw a story in this morning's paper after posting about this. It seems that Indiana has already enacted most of these requirements. . .

title="comment permalink">January 12, 2008 11:31 PM  

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