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Real ID faces opposition, funding problems

January 8, 2009 by  

Opponents of an ID card bring up privacy and financial concernsThe 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.

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  • http://ordy@fedtel./net Eric g

    After you file your income tax there is not to much left of your privacy any way . I think privacy laws are kinda phoney rules like the constitution , sounds great but totaly ignored when the powers that be want to abuse these laws .

  • LMW

    This law has been implemented in Florida already; as of January 1st – having to renew my license on Jan 14th, I experienced the mess this entails – 1) birth certificate – I lost mine 28 years ago and had to order a copy ($18.00) to renew a Drivers License in this state I’d had since I was 16 years old; 2) Marriage License – I brought in my certificate instead and had to schedule another appointment despite having used it to add my married name to my Drivers License 28 years ago 3) 2 proofs of address – on my second attempt to renew my license (now with a late fee added) I brought in our electric and phone bills – BUT they were in my husband’s name and not mine – luckily he was with me and able to sign the AFFIDAVIT that I actually lived with him. I was told then when our college age children renew their licenses they will need an affidavit from my husband as well. On both my visits there, and a later one to pay tag fees – I watched as resident after resident was told they didn’t have all the forms needed to renew their Drivers License….

    Now, what does one need to register to vote in this state? No birth certificate, no marriage license and no affidavit if you bring in a bill that doesn’t have your name on it……

    There is a great deal wrong with this country and its proven by this debacle where its more difficult to get a drivers license then it is to vote.

    • libertytrain

      What an excellent post – I’m always amazed when I go to vote, how easy it is – not even a driver’s license needed to prove I am me — My husband could vote as himself and for my son because he is still on the polls roster after many years of not living here.


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