Another Bush Administration idea to step on civil rights and liberties – the national drivers license. However, it appears that instead of marching in lockstep to follow the mandate, state legislators are stepping forward to challenge the concept and ask that the program be repealed.
The Real ID Act of 2005 requires the states to implement certain uniform information requirements to be contained on a driver’s license. The items listed in the summary are already on our licenses, so that leads to the question, what is the real point of the law?
The Act requires compliance by May of 2008, or Federal agencies “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.” All states would be tied into a national database in order to “keep track” of those with licenses.
Interesting how tightening up the driver’s license requirements draws opposition yet tightening up voter IDs draws support.