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State Information on Real ID


"Lynch Receives Letter from Federal Government Postponing Real ID,"  Boston Globe, March 27, 2008.

"New Hampshire Joins Montana in Real ID Victory," Wired, March 27, 2008.

"Lynch: NH Near Agreement on Real ID,"Union Leader, March 26, 2008.

"State Right to Refuse to Adopt Real ID Licenses," Concord Monitor Editorial, March 25, 2008. 

"Lynch Tells Feds Not to Impose Real ID Requirements on N.H. in May," Associated Press, February 26, 2008.

"Lynch Protests Real ID Law," Cabinate Journal, February 25, 2008.

"Lynch Will Request Delay in Real ID Law," Nashua Telegraph, Februay 22, 2008.

"Lynch Drafting Letter to Delay Real ID Enforcement in N.H.," Associated Press, February 21, 2008.

"ACLU presses candidates to repeal Real ID card law," Union Leader, December 17, 2007.

"New Hampshire Blocks Real ID," Concord Monitor, June 28, 2007.

"Real ID a Program that’s Utterly Unreal," Nashua Telegraph, April 14, 2007. 

"N.H. House Backs Real ID Ban," Associated Press, April 5, 2007.

[Please note, articles from the Manchester Union Leader that are more than 3 months old are archived and available for purchase on the Union Leader website]

"Rebuff Real ID: NH Gets a Second Chance," Union Leader Editorial, April 4, 2007.

"Legislature Should Reject Real ID Act," Concord Monitor Editorial, March 25, 2007.

"N.H. Committee Backs Real ID Ban," Associated Press, March 20, 2007.

"N.H. Considers Rejecting Real ID," Associated Press, March 16, 2007.

"National Identification System Needs More Work," Concord Monitor, March 12, 2007.

"Lawmakers Renew Push for Greater Privacy," Associated Press, January 28, 2007.

Tom Fahey, "Executive Council Contest is a Battle of Polar Opposites," Union Leader, October 30, 2006.

Meg Heckman, "Libertarians Try Out the Big Tent," Concord Monitor, October 29, 2006.
Opposition to Real ID has become a rallying cry across party lines.

Erik Moskowitz, "Lynch, Council Doubt Real ID," Concord Monitor, August 24, 2006.

"Lynch, Council Uneasy about Real ID," Associated Press, August 24, 2006.

New Hampshire Bill on Quitting Real ID Shows Act’s Troubles
The State Senate narrowly defeated a measgure that would have rejected the Real ID act.  Passage would have seriously disrupted the unified national identity card system that proponents are hoping to create.  Nevertheless, while Real ID continues to cling to life, having dodged a bullet in the Granite State, the Act is still troubled and will remain so despite having survived its latest crisis.

Read the full statement of ACLU Technology and Liberty Project Director Barry Steinhardt here.

"Candidates for Governor Have Qualms About Federal ID Requirements," Associated Press, July 16, 2006.

Sen. John E. Sununu, "Real ID: Unnecessary, Unfunded, and Unlikely to Make You Safer," Manchester Union Leader, May 17, 2006.

"A Missed Chance: Real ID Deserved Rejection," Union Leader Editorial, May 15, 2006.

"Real ID Battle Takes on New Face in the Senate," Union Leader, May 5, 2006.

"Real ID Opponents Face Tough Senate Test," Associated Press, May 4, 2006.

"Real ID has Backing – Big Vote Tomorrow," Concord Monitor, May 3, 2006.

"ID Law Stirs Passionate Protest in N.H.," Washington Post, May 1, 2006.

"Real ID Resistance Strikes a Blow for Freedom," Concord Monitor Opinion, April 30, 2006.

"State House Dome: Senate to Have Its Say on Real ID," Union Leader, April 30, 2006.

"State Should Contest National ID Card Law," Nashua Telegraph Editorial, April 28, 2006.

"Senate Panel Unanimous Against Real ID," Union Leader, April 27, 2006.

"Real ID Protest is Right Stand to Take," Concord Monitor Editorial, April 26, 2006.

"Gov. Lynch Says He Will Sign Bill Opposing Real ID," Associated Press, April 26, 2006.

"Real ID Dealt Another Defeat in Legislature," Union Leader, April 26, 2006.

Karl Beisel, "New Hampshire Can Stop the Coming Federal Police State," Union Leader Opinion, April 25, 2006.

"N.H. Leads Revolt Against Federal ID Rules," Associated Press, April 25, 2006.

"Real ID a Sign of the Apocalypse?" Concord Monitor, April 23, 2006.

"They Really Don’t Like Real ID," Concord Monitor, April 23, 2006.

Declan McCullagh, "The Real ID Rebellion," CNET, April 17, 2006.

"New Hampshire May Buck Feds Over National IDs,", April 13, 2006.

"Our Secret Identities: NH Should Reject Real ID," Union Leader Editorial, April 13, 2006.

"Say No to Real ID, Senate Urged," Union Leader, April 11, 2006.

Melissa Ngo, staff counsel for Electronic Privacy Information Center, discusses Real ID on New Hampshire Public Radio, April 10, 2006.

Jim Harper, "NH Can Set a National Example by Opposing the Federal ID Card," Union Leader, April 4, 2006.  Online at >

Joel Winters, "Should New Hampshire Issue its Citizens a National ID Card?" Keene Free Press, March 20, 2006.

Bill forbidding New Hampshire from participating in Real ID passes House
"This small state cannot be coerced or bribed into abandoning the principles embodied in its state motto," said Neal Kurk, one of the bill’s Repbulican sponsors.  He urged lawmakers to fire "a shot that will be heard around the nation."  Online >

National survey of motor vehicles administrators uncovers deep concern over Real ID across the nation.  New Hampshire officials’ response to the survey is available here.  

"National ID cards: REAL ID goes too far" (Union Leader Editorial, September 20, 2005)
"If the Real ID Act were such a great idea, why did Congress attach it to a military spending bill and pass it without public hearings?" asks the editorial page of The Union Leader.  The answer is that it is not a great idea.  In fact, the de facto national database of personal information created by Real ID is "a hacker’s dream come true." (Archived article available for purchase).


Watch Rep. Neal Kurk’s speech in the House here.  (MPG)

New Hampshire House bil prohibiting the state from participating in Real ID: as introduced (PDF); as amended in the Senate.
New Hampshire Senate resolution opposing Real ID and calling for its repeal.


Testimony of Jim Harper to the New Hampshire State Senate Committee on Public and Municipal Affairs regarding HB 1582.

New Hampshire officials’ response to national survey of DMV’s on problems posed by Real ID  is available here.  


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