Concerns associated with the 2005 Real ID Act are coming into focus as a Jan. 1, 2016, compliance deadline approaches requiring all 50 states to issue “enhanced” driver’s licenses to residents.
According to Fox News, New York, New Hampshire, Louisiana and Minnesota are not compliant with the act and residents in these states will need to present a second form of ID to the Transportation Security Administration to fly domestically.
The second form of ID can be a passport, military identification card or a Permanent Residency Card. Yes — some Americans may actually soon need a passport to travel domestically.
The Real ID Act of 2005 was a post-Sept. 11 measure that tightened access to federal facilities and created a national standard for state-issued IDs; Time reports the four states missed the cut because they either lack an appropriately rigorous verification process for identities or immigration status or because the physical cards they produce don’t contain certain security features.
The new cards require drivers to provide a Social Security number, proof of identity and proof of residency.
Some have argued the new ID cards will make it easier for identity thieves to steal information and many believe they violate the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Twenty-two states have complied with the act and the remaining 24 have requested exemption — which could last anywhere from a few months to a few years.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, the Real ID Act is an effort by the “Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.”
You think it’s bad enough to be turned away at the DMV for not having all your proper documents, can you imagine what will happen at the airports if people find out they don’t have the proper I.D. to fly?
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