"What's all the fuss with the Real ID Act about? President Bush is expected to sign an $82 billion military spending bill soon that will, in part, create electronically readable, federally approved ID cards for Americans. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the package--which includes the Real ID Act--on Thursday."
Published: May 6, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT By Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET News.com "What does that mean for me? Starting three years from now, if you live or work in the United States, you'll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service. Practically speaking, your driver's license likely will have to be reissued to meet federal standards. The Real ID Act hands the Department of Homeland Security the power to set these standards and determine whether state drivers' licenses and other ID cards pass muster. Only ID cards approved by Homeland Security can be accepted "for any official purpose" by the feds." Complete article including... How will I get one of these new ID cards? What's going to be stored on this ID card? Will state DMVs share this information? What's the justification for this legislation anyway? Will the ID card be electronically readable? Is this a national ID card? When does it take effect?
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)