7 Months until the Real ID Act Goes into Affect, and Nothing is Being Said
It has been awhile since I have written on the National ID, mainly because the regulations were up in the air, and because I have been working on the other issues that will effect us in the near future. However, I now will keep up to date on this issue because it approaches fast.
Starting in May of 2008, we will be required according to HR 418 passed by the 109th Congress to carry a National ID, or the other name it is known under The National Drivers License. Which at this moment poses a problem for the states that are protesting the ID for one reason or another. Without the ID you will not be able cross state lines, board an airplane, or enter a federal building. Also a person will no be able to do banking, or apply or receive Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, or any other government funded programs.
Here is the Homeland Security question and answer page on the National Driver License. Q&A
There is a document put out by DHS, which has the rules and regulations on the requirements of the National ID.
The biggest reason the states are going against the ID is that it is an unfunded mandate as has been so many of the mandates issued by this administration. Below is a section from the report that had been put together by concerned groups on the impact The Real ID Act will have.
The Start Up Cost
Real ID will cost more than $11 billion to implement. One time upfront costs approach $1 billion, while ongoing costs total more than $10.1 billion over the first five year period.
The report shows that The Act, is unrealistic as put forth by DHS, not only in cost, but in the time to implicate it, and without federal funding. However, I feel that this report has fallen on deaf ears, as seen by the new Passport system in place. I have been told by a reliable source that if your state does not use the National ID, you should keep a valid Passport with you while traveling. (Even in the states.)