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State Information on Real ID


"Beware ID funding mandate," Charleston Post Courier, August 12, 2009. Online>

"State Real ID Rebellion: Here to stay?" C-Net, May 7, 2008.  Online>

"REAL ID Needs REAL Scrutiny," Post and Courier Editorial, April 20, 2008.  Online>

Gov. Mark Sanford, "Real ID Side Effects," Washington Times Commentary, April 14, 2008. Online>

"Sanford to Chertoff: We Did Not Seek Real ID Extension," WLTX-TV, April 8, 2008.  Online>

"Sanford Still Sour on Real ID," The State, April 8, 2008. Online>

"Gov. Sanford Deserves Applause for Stand on REAL ID," Post and Courier Opinion, April 4, 2008. Online>

"We’re Right to be Wary of REAL ID," Augusta Chronicle Opinion, April 2, 2008. Online>

Governor Sanford’s office sent a letter to DHS today saying that South Carolina will not comply with Real ID.  Press Release>

"Defiant South Carolina Wins Real ID Extension," Wired, March 31, 2008.  Online>

"S.C. Won’t File Extension for Real ID," Associated Press, March 31, 2008. 

"Sanford: State won’t comply with REAL ID," The State, March 31, 2008. Online>

"Try New Option to Avert a REAL ID Showdown," Post and Courier Editorial, March 28, 2008.  Online>

"REAL ID Deadline Looms; S.C. Debates," Post and Courier, March 27, 2008.  Online>

"State Mulls Lawsuit on New Drivers Licenses," The State, March 22, 2008.  

"3 Governors Hold Out on Federal ID Law,"  Associated Press, March 20, 2008.  

"SC Senate Urges Governor to ask for Real ID Extension," Associated Press, March 20, 2008.

"Is Real ID Really Needed?: Governor, Legislature Ponder Extension," Anderson Independant Mail Editorial, March 16, 2008.  Online>

"Sanford Should Maintain his Stance Against a Program Fraught with Pitfalls," The Herald Journal Editorial, March 16, 2008. Online>

"Real ID Would Mean Real Inconveniences," The Times and Democrat  Editorial, March 10, 2008. Online> 

"Governor Has No Plans to Comply with ID Law," The State, March 11, 2008. Online>

"Real ID Deadline Approaching," WCBD News, March 10, 2008.  

"State says S.C. Travelers Will Not Need Passports to Fly Without Real ID Act," Anderson Independent-Mail News, March 10, 2008.  Online> 

"S.C.’s REAL ID Dilemma," Post and Courier, March 10, 2008.  Online>

"S.C. Weighs Next Step on REAL IDs," Post and Courier, March 9, 2008.  Online>

"South Carolina Legislators Seeking Real ID Solution," The Herald Journal, March 6, 2008. Online> 

"House Asks Governor to Apply for Real ID Extension," Associated Press, March 6, 2008. 

"Comply with federal ID law, House to ask governor," The State, March 5, 2008. 

"State Wrestles with Real ID Action," The Herald Journal, March 2, 2008. Online>

"REAL ID Rebellion: Back Off, Big Brother," The Free Times, January 30, 2008. Online>

"Showdown Looms Between SC and Feds over IDs," WSPA News, January 14, 2007.

Gov. Sanford Signs Real ID Opt Out Bill!

"SC Says No to Complying with National Driver’s License Standards," Associated Press, June 13, 2007.

"Senate Rejects Federal Driver’s License Plan," Myrtle Beach Sun News, April 4, 2007.

"Reload on Real ID" Sun Times Editorial, March 11, 2007. 

"Real ID Could Hit Roadblock," Associated Press, March 8, 2007.  Online >

"S.C. Might Reject National I.D. Program," The State, February 28, 2007. 

South Carolina inundated with birth certificate verification requests; and the problem is getting worse.

"The South Carolina vital records division…processes more than 100,000 requests for birth certificates each year, and in at least a third of the cases, it encounters problems like a misspelled name or a missing father’s name."

        "ID Requirement Idles Drivers’ Independence," North Jersey Media Group, March 25, 2006.

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


S449, provides that the state will not participate in the Real ID program. (Enacted) 


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


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