Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Passed in May 2005, the REAL ID Act mandates that every citizen must have federally approved identification by May 2008. It falls on the states to radically alter the methods they use to provide citizens with identification, such as driver’s licenses. That task is made all the more challenging because Congress has yet to determine what the new regulations will actually be. And the federal government has provided no funds for the project.

This Governing magazine article sparks a natural question: Why not just establish a national identification card instead of fumbling around with equivalents?

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