Skip to comments.Bill in U.S. Senate proposes to standardize state IDs (penalizes non-complying states )
Posted on 10/28/2004 10:55:43 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
Bill in U.S. Senate proposes to standardize state IDs Photo illustration by Joel Friedman/Daily
By Christina Hildreth, Daily Staff Reporter October 28, 2004
Working to close security loopholes identified by the Sept. 11 commission, the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1 passed a bill that, if approved by the Senate, would reform the process of issuing state driver's liscenses. Drafted by Michigan Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.), the license provision in the reform bill would standardize the process of getting state identity documents, including drivers licenses.
Currently, different states have different requirements for receiving an ID. For example, Michigan requires that an individual present three documents, at least one of which must come from a list of six primary documents. In Minnesota, however, you have to present just two items, one primary document from a list of 17 acceptable documents, and one secondary document either another primary one or a document from a list of eleven others.
Because the bill would standardize the way states confirm identification, all states would be encouraged to have an effective system to prevent identity fraud, and make it harder for illegal aliens to falsify a legal identity.
The bill would also create a Drivers License Agreement, an interstate database allowing states to share information on drivers identity and driving record. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators maintains an interstate database, yet Michigan and Wisconsin are not in the database.
Sean Moran, legislative director for Millers office, said the bill would allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to collaborate with the states and come up with an official list of accepted proofs of residence and identity.
This bill will allow officials to have a high level of confidence that this person is who he says he is, he said.
Moran said states are not forced to comply with these standards, but the new bill offers grant incentives to states that comply.
Should a state choose not to comply with the provisions mentioned in the bill, drivers licenses issued by that state would no longer be viable for proof of identification for federal purposes. For example, if Alabama did not follow the guidelines in the bill, an Alabama drivers license would not be sufficient proof of identity for receiving federal benefits or even boarding airplanes or trains.
Previously, problems with slack identification requirements in 2001 allowed four Sept. 11 hijackers to obtain drivers licenses in Virginia based on falsified information.
Following Sept. 11, many states implemented massive reforms to correct their system for issuing identification cards.
Moran said the bill is mainly to make sure that all states uniformly update their systems, saying a lot of states have already made tremendous strides to comply with this law, even though it hasnt been effected. States are making huge drivers license reforms. We want to make sure everyone is complying.
Adversaries of the bill, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, say it will lead to the implementation of a national ID card which would be a step toward creating a police state. They also question the responsibility of creating the Drivers License Agreement database, saying it would inevitably be used for purposes other than those originally intended, and that this information would end up in the hands of credit agencies and private investigators.
Wendy Wagenheim, communications director for ACLUs Michigan branch, said, Whether or not there is a card actually issued, the fact is that the government would have a huge database with information about every (driver) in the United States the result of that is the further erosion of privacy.
The Feds do not need to pass a bill requiring states to do what states should want to do anyway and that is make their citizens safe, Wagenheim said.
But Moran said there are no plans to create a national ID card.
Arguments saying this bill would create a national ID card are simply not true. States already have licenses; all this legislation is doing is standardizing the criteria to issue these and standardizing the technology, he said.
Advocates also say standardizing the database technology would allow law enforcement across the country to make the highways safer, ensuring for example, a police officer in South Carolina to have access to a Minnesota drivers driving record.
Several documents that Michigan currently accepts as proof of ID would no longer be viable under the new law. The new law will not allow any foreign document to count for identification purposes. Michigan currently accepts foreign drivers licenses, birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees and passports as identity verification.
Here we go again...monster government trying to take more of the State's mandates away. As it stands, states are little more than revenue collectors for the Federal Government.
Baloney ... either standarize the drivers licenses or issue a federal id. Enough of this tinfoil big bad federal gov't nonsense. We are at war, and we need a common way to tell the citizens from the non-citizens.
Be interesting to see how many FReepers tell you to quit whining, support the war on terror, some liberties have to be curtailed, you're worried about nothing, etc.?
This is a good thing. They aren't preempting the state's rights. States still issue their own id's. They just have to follow standards now, which should make easier to detect fake ids.
Heh, guess not long at all, already beat me by one post... Big
Anything the ACLU is against - I am for -
tinfoil big bad federal gov't nonsense
So the Constitution means exactly nothing to you? The Founders must have been very stupid to worry about the Federal government getting out of control. Think.
LOL Doesn't usually take long on FR. Frightening, isn't it?
Who trusts the ACLU?
So, tell me, just what is it like to run around with your head stuck up your ass??
Your papers please!
Welcome to the USSA.
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