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The REAL ID Act of 2005 is U.S. federal law that imposes certain security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for the state driver’s licenses and state ID cards, for them to be accepted by the federal government for “official purposes”, as defined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently, the Secretary of Homeland Security has defined “official purposes” as presenting state driver’s licenses and identification cards for boarding commercially operated airline flights and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants.

The Act is a rider to an act of the United States Congress titled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005.The REAL ID Act implements the following:* Changing visa limits for temporary workers, nurses, and Australian citizens.

  • Establishing new national standards for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver identification cards.
  • Funding some reports and pilot projects related to border security.
  • Introducing rules covering “delivery bonds” (rather like bail bonds but for aliens who have been released pending hearings).
  • Updating and tightening the laws on application for asylum and deportation of aliens for terrorist activity.
  • Waiving laws that interfere with construction of physical barriers at the borders.

As of April 2, 2008, all 50 states have either applied for extensions of the original May 11, 2008 compliance deadline or received unsolicited extensions. With several states having approved resolutions not to participate in the program and Obama’s selection of Janet Napolitano, a prominent critic of the program, to head the Department of Homeland Security, the future of the law remains uncertain,and bills have been introduced into Congress to amend or repeal it.

After 2011, “a Federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state to any person unless the state is meeting the requirements” specified in the REAL ID Act. States remain free to also issue non-complying licenses and IDs, so long as these have a unique design and a clear statement that they cannot be accepted for any Federal identification purpose. The federal Transportation Security Administration is responsible for security check-in at airports, so bearers of non-compliant documents would no longer be able to travel on common carrier aircraft without additional screening.

Written by Ben

May 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

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