Opposition to REAL ID Continues to Grow
from the state-legislators-say-no dept
My colleague Jim Harper points out that the National Conference of State Legislatures has called for the repeal of the REAL ID Act. We last noted that the Department of Homeland Security was pretending that all 50 states were on schedule to implement the law, despite the fact that several of them had explicitly said they wouldn't implement it. Now it appears that a lot of state legislators are ready to take things a step further and call for the outright repeal of a law that many of them have refused to implement in their own states. The NCSL letter makes an excellent point that can't be emphasized enough: the worthwhile parts of REAL ID, such as making driver's licenses harder to forge, can be accomplished at the state level without getting the feds involved. States can take what's good from REAL ID and voluntarily incorporate it into their state identification systems without participating in a massive federal database that would become a magnet for identity theft.