Reality sets in for states on Real ID
Driver’s licenses must meet rules
By Shaun Waterman
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Like it or not — and many in the Obama administration don’t — Real ID is coming to a driver’s license near you.
Having failed to get Congress to revise the tough new security rules for state-issued licenses in the Real ID Act, the Department of Homeland Security says it is working out how to implement the law.
But critics fear Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to gut the intent of the legislation’s authors.
There is broad agreement among those following the issue on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country that Pass ID, the legislative alternative to Real ID that the Obama administration was pushing last year, is dead in the water.