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State Information on Real ID


"NY Civil Liberties Union Says to Repeal REAL ID Act," Opposing Views Editorial, April 5, 2009. Online>

"Governor Spitzer Retreats,"  New York Times Editorial, October 30, 2007.  Online>

"Real ID That Spitzer Now Embraces Has Been Widely Criticized," New York Times, October 29, 2007.  Online>

"Some Support, but Still Furor Over New Plan for Licenses," New York Times, October 29, 2007.  Online>

"Licenses for Immigrants Finds Support," New York Times, October 9, 2007.  Online >

"Spitzer Gets Conservative Props," New York Daily News blog, October 5, 2007. 

"Political License in New York," New York Times Editorial, September 29, 2007.  Online >

"New ID Could Cost Immigrants Their Licenses," Gotham Gazette, July 2007.  Online >

"A Real Mess," El Diario Editorial, March 5, 2007. 

"NYCLU Blasts Draft Regulations on Real ID Act," NYCLU Press Release, March 3, 2007.  PDF >

"Spitzer Poised to Ease Access to Licenses," New York Sun, January 29, 2007.  Online >

Jim Harper, "Do We Need a National ID Card?  No." New York Daily News, August 5, 2006.  Online >

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

The New York City Coucil has passed a resolution denouncing Real ID for imposing "onerous burdens on states to develop new technology for data collection and document verification, while providing no financial support," and asking New York State to opt out of the program.

Albert Ruiz, "Act Against Real ID, Hil and Chuck," New York Daily News, May 1, 2005.  PDF >


Assembly Bill K 648, urging the NYS Congressional delegation to support measures to repeal the Real ID Act of 2005.

Senate Bill J 2096, urging the NYS Congressional delegation to support measures to repeal the Real ID Act of 2005.

New York City Council resolution against Real ID.

Read testimony from the hearing on the NYC Council resolution in PDF format.


  NYCLU and 60 Cooperating Organizations Letter to Gov. Elliot Spitzer, July 3, 2007 (264 KB)

  September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows to Gov. Elliot Spitzer, April 14, 2007 (9 KB) .

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


Take Action!  Send a letter to your representatives telling them to reject Real ID.

For more information

Visit the NYCLU's Real ID site here.

 Udi Ofer, Senior Legislative Counsel; Contact >
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