National Organizations Urge Sweeping Changes to Real ID
A report released April 26, 2006 by the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), called on the Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations for implementing Real ID and heed "critical concerns" from the states. Among those concerns are:
- Whether states will have to re-process all current license holders by the statutory deadline of May 2008, a task the report calls "logistically impossible."
- The costs of implementing Real ID, which are "significant and potentially problematic."
- An estimated increase in visits to State Motor Vehicle Agencies of over 75%.
- The additional staff, facilities, training and equipment needed to implement the verification system required by the Act.
- The fact that "there is simply not sufficiant time to implement the requirements as defined by the statute." As the report points out, "States believe this timeframe is unreasonable, costly and potentially impossible to meet."
- The information requirements of Real ID may conflict with state laws inteneded to protect the identity and security of victims of domestic violence, judges, law enforcement personnel, and individuals in witness protection programs.
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