After the events of September 11, 2001, and the acts of terrorism committed against the United States, a commission was assembled to gather data and put perimeters in place to prevent an event of that magnitude from happening again.
One of the items identified was the need for a more uniform and secure federal identification procedure and “actual” documentation. From that, the concept of “Real ID” was conceived.
The new Real ID would be required at all federal checkpoints, to include military bases and airports.
In 2005 the House of Representatives passed a bill into law the “Real ID Act.” It put into place set federal standards on all drivers licenses that would be regulated by each individual state.
This Real ID would have what is now on a drivers license. It would have the addition of a barcode for scanning and an additional security device measure to deter counterfeit or tampering. It would also display a gold star in the upper right-hand corner signifying that your identification was approved by the Transportation Security Association (TSA).
This law caused a great deal of controversy for two significant reasons. The primary one was, though this was a federal law being passed down, the sole financial responsibility for the change over of to the new Real ID system would fall to each individual state.
With the states receiving no federal subsidy or supplement, this “unfunded” federal issued mandate, the financial burden would unequivocally end up falling on the licensee to bear the burden.
The other concern was the security of the amount of personal information that would be gathered and who would have access to it. Part of the federal law requires each state to share its database with other states.
Because of this pushback, the law was tabled for two years, until 2007.
When the Real ID law was re-evaluated in 2007, perimeters were put in place for the requirements of obtaining a Real ID.
To get a Real ID, you must present documentation of a photo or non-photo identification with your full name and birth date. A valid birth certificate. A social security card. Proof of citizenship.
As of January 1, 2017, twenty-three states are already meeting the criteria for compliance with the Real ID. Twenty-six states are not quite there, but, have secured extensions of two years with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Five states and American Samoa are not in compliance.
Today I am thankful
- It feels like fall. A brisk day. I need a jacket!
- A way too long list of things to do. Slow, but sure they say.
- A Santi or Lucy day is always a good day.
- Praying for a miracle and a sewing machine to get my scarecrow done.
The law which is to go into full effect January 2018, does not require that you replace your old license until it expires. If you do want to replace it, there will be a fee. I would imagine, if you are a frequent traveler — it would be to your benefit to do so.
You do not have to get a Real ID. You can stay with a “non-compliant” ID. However, that will mean you will have to provide other means of identification for travel such as a passport or federally approved paperwork.
Enjoy the crisp fall weather coming our way!
affectionately yours, Laura