Real ID postponed for 5 years

Real ID postponed for 5 years

Summary: The Real ID program, hated by states who would have to pay the costs and civil libertarians, is being pushed back five more years, the Bush Administration announced Friday, The Washington Post reported.The law, which was originally slated to take effect in May of this year, is being pushed back to May 2011 for drivers born after Dec.

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The Real ID program, hated by states who would have to pay the costs and civil libertarians, is being pushed back five more years, the Bush Administration announced Friday, The Washington Post reported. The law, which was originally slated to take effect in May of this year, is being pushed back to May 2011 for drivers born after Dec. 1, 1964.

"We have worked very closely with the states in terms of developing a plan that I think will be quite inexpensive, reasonable to implement and produce the results," recommended by the 9/11 Commission and mandated by Congress, namely more secure identification, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. He did not detail the plan. "False identification facilitates illegal immigration, which I'm hearing again and again is a very big concern for the American people."
C. Stewart Verdery Jr., a consultant and former DHS assistant secretary for policy, said that by cutting costs and paying $50 million towards states' costs, DHS is "on a glide path now to having this thing done."
"The devil is always in the details with DHS, and we'll have to look very closely" at the program, ACLU legislative counsel Timothy D. Sparapani said.

David Quam, director of federal relations for the National Governors Association, cautioned that the final regulations "put us at the beginning of the process, not the end."

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  • The only losers are the people who make fake ID

    They were ready to hit the streets this May, now they have to wait 5 more years! They ought to sue!
    critic-at-arms
    • wrong

      If you read about the details of the real id act, these id's implement rf chips and also contain digital copies of birth certificate, social security number, and tons more info...and some people are ignorant enough to think this will reduce false ID's and identity theft.
      ITSa341@...
      • correct, ty ;) n/t

        n/t
        btljooz
  • Real IDs are good for the Internet

    If anonymity were not allowed on the Internet, many security problems would disappear. I believe that people against Real ID and other forms of identification have something to hide.
    jpgeorgia
    • And I [i]believe[/i] ...

      you are a brainwashed sheep. :|

      People also once [i]believed[/i] the Earth was flat and that it revolved around the Sun!!!!! ;)
      btljooz
      • :8} OMG, I HATE TYPOS!!!!!! :8} ................................

        .....That is [b][u]SUPPOSED[/b][/u] to read:

        "People also once [i]believed[/i] the Earth was flat and that the SUN revolve around it!!!!! ;) "

        [b][u]NOT:::[/u][/b]

        "People also once believed the Earth was flat and that [i]it revolved around the Sun!!!!![/i] ;) "

        ...DAYUMB that sounds STUPID!!!!::: " [i]it revolved around the Sun!!!!![/i] ;) "

        Sorry for that. :8} X-( :8}
        btljooz
  • The Sooner We Get Real ID...

    ...the sooner we can eliminate hard currency in favor of eCash. Eliminating hard currency would put a dent in terrorism, illegal immigration, money laundering, tax evasion, extortion, skimming, loan sharking, kidnapping, illegal drug trafficing, illegal sex trade, illegal gambling operations, etc. All monetary exchanges would be auditable as to payer, payee, place, and time. It would be much more difficult to be a fugitive from the law. The authorities could track a person based on the trail of monetary exchanges.
    carrilion
    • Real ID=bad bad bad bad

      And What happens when someone hacks your ID and spends all your money on illegal drugs and guns, then the fed comes and hauls you to jail? Does not wanting this type of ID mean I have something to hide? NO! It means that technology is always vulnerable and when some minimum wage highschool kid types the wrong info about you into the computer where you bank or shop(etc)your life can be potentially ruined. The terrible possiblities are endless
      jeremy.young1@...
      • Real ID Is a Step In The Right Direction

        Make it a felony to commit identity fraud. The success rate for such crimes would plummet from what is seen today. Catching the perp would be easy, so just levy a stiff sentence.

        The technology can be developed to provide secure authentication, which can lead to true security by virtue of eliminating hard currency. Liberty can not thrive in the absence of security.
        carrilion
  • RE: Real ID postponed for 5 years

    We do NOT need a National ID, all that is truly needed is to connect ALL the various DMV systems, the various law enforcement systems, and the various medical alert systems (i.e. prescription medications data) and you would have a 'cheaper' and more efficient system of IDing people. Even if all you did was to connect every DL to a central unit that could be accessed by every police officer, THAT would cut down the effectiveness of fake IDs wouldn't it? Why reinvent the wheel? We already hae a system in place, that is why a suspended license in CA is STILL suspended in EVERY other state!
    walterth3rd
    • No Requirement for a Driver License

      Many illegal aliens in these parts ride bicycles and steer clear of the DMV.
      carrilion