DHS warns States not to reject Real ID


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DHS warns states not to reject Real ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing to work on the Real ID law guidelines and is warning states that they face consequences for failing to comply. The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, mandates national standards for all state driver’s licenses. The initial compliance deadline is next year, but full compliance will not be required until 2013. Despite the outcry against the new law, the DHS continues to insist that that it be implemented on schedule. Last month a small victory was won when Montana’s two Democratic senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, successfully called on colleagues to cut language from a now-stalled immigration bill. The bill would have required all employers to check the eligibility of any potential employee by using Real ID documents. Tim Sparapani, legislative council at the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union, predicts that the final regulations by the DHS will come around Labor Day, and individual states not now opposing Real ID will have to decide if they want to reject it or implement it.

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