States Challenge Real ID Act of 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A revolt against a national driver’s license, which began in Maine in January, is quickly spreading to other states, according to the Associated Press. On Jan. 26, the Maine Legislature passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver’s licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases.
States will have to comply by May 2008. If they do not, driver’s licenses that fall short of Real ID’s standards cannot be used to board an airplane or enter a federal building or open some bank accounts. The law’s supporters say it is needed to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from getting fake identification cards, according to the Associated Press.
However, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington state are also expected to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network. About a dozen states have active legislation against Real ID, including Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.