Real ID faces opposition, funding problems
January 8, 2009 by Personal Liberty News Desk
The move to increase the security standards on state-issued drivers’ licenses and identification cards is hitting numerous roadblocks, according to a report by Newsmax.
At least 12 states have approved legislation that prohibits implementation of the Real ID act of 2005, which would effectively introduce a national identity card.
As part of the compliance process, states would be required to change the documentation they accept to verify lawful presence in the U.S. before issuing a license or ID. Additionally, the information they gather would be made available nationwide in a database.
Opponents have raised both privacy and financial concerns about Real ID.
Incoming head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has also stated her opposition to the program, saying that it does not provide adequate federal funding to support states’ implementation.
Indeed, the Department of Homeland Security has estimated that states could be forced to spend up to $17 billion to comply with Real ID.
According to Newsmax, later this month organizations across Virginia will stage a rally in support of legislation to block the act from becoming law, partly due to worries about privacy.
"No one can know who is getting into those databases and for what purpose," Donna Holt of the Campaign for Liberty told the news provider.