Please keep up with the times... Th law was passed n 2005.
Already you are living on borrowed time (unless you are one of 13 states). Any day now, your right to fly can be revoked by the Feds.
Here’s the facts
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The Department of Homeland Security has finally issued a statement regarding the deadline for the REAL ID Act of 2005.
The link takes s to here....
For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON On December 20, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined that thirteen states have met the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (Act) for drivers licenses and identification cards and has granted a temporary deferment for all other states and territories.
Currently, DHS has determined that Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have met the Acts requirements. The Department commends these states on the substantial progress in working toward these goals and the improvements in security for state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards since 9/11.
Other states have not provided sufficient information, at this time, for DHS to determine if they meet the Acts requirements. These states will have an opportunity to respond with additional information before DHS makes a final determination. DHS will continue to receive and review state submissions on a rolling basis.
Beginning January 15, 2013, those states not found to meet the standards will receive a temporary deferment that will allow Federal agencies to continue to accept their licenses and identification cards for boarding commercial aircraft and other official purposes.
DHSs goal is to implement the REAL ID Act, as required by law, in a measured, fair, and responsible way. In the coming weeks and months, DHS will, in consultation with States and stakeholders, develop a schedule for the phased enforcement of the Acts statutory prohibitions to ensure that residents of all states are treated in a fair manner. DHS expects to publish a schedule by early fall 2013 and begin implementation at a suitable date thereafter. Until the schedule is implemented, Federal agencies may continue to accept for official purposes drivers licenses and identity cards issued by all states.
Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be.
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005 enacts the 9/11 Commissions recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses. The Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes those documents issued by a state unless DHS determines that the state meets the minimum standards.
Official purposes, as defined in statute and regulation, are accessing a Federal facility, boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft, and entering nuclear power plants. DHS has twice modified the statutory deadline in order to allow states more time to meet the statutory requirements of the Act in a period of declining state revenues.
To assist states further in meeting this challenge, from FY2008 to 2011, DHS awarded $263 million in grants to improve the security of state identification credentials.
For more information, DHS has posted frequently asked questions on its website at http://www.dhs.gov/secure-drivers-licenses.
I refused to provide the documents required to get my license renewed. Now I have a driver’s license with “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION” on it. It’s as effective as a SS card that says “NOT TO BE USED FOR IDENTIFICATION”.
We can no longer renew our DL online in GA. Instead we must go to the DMV. [Increased lines = longer waiting periods].
But wait......That is not all. It is not enough to go down and present my license and pay money to renew. I have to prove I am who I say I am even though I have been driving longer than I care to remember.
I need My Birth Certificate and since I am married with different last name I need my Marriage Certificate. Because of federal regulations I will need to submit proof of my identity every time I renew my DL.
Yet no one on the federal level seems to give a rat’s ass about my identity at the polls.
Every premise of that statement is wrong, since any identification system always has failures. Every identification document can be falsified. Clearly the government itself produced numerous false identifications. Does anyone think undercover agents, CIA operatives, and others really carry passports, licenses, etc. that truthfully identify the agents carrying them? Does any smart person think other governments or groups don't do the same thing?
And in the real world corrupt clerks sell false id cards. From what the press reports the price is pretty low, with drivers licenses available for less than $1000 in some cases. False ids are widespread, just work the door at a bar near a college campus some night to see how many there are.
Apart from helping to identify known criminal suspects, security based solely on ID is foolish, since intelligence efforts can't identify every possible bad actor ahead of time. Believing ID is the holy grail of security is like believing nobody will hijack an airliner to crash it - comforting until you learn how wrong you were, but ineffective as a security technique.
Like many ill thought out bills, the Real ID Act generates headaches and costs for law abiding citizens and states with minimal gains in real security.