REAL ID: Final Regulations

Source: Jeremy Meadows, Molly Ramsdell and Matt Sundeen, National Conference of State Legislatures, LegisBrief, Vol. 16, no. 25, June/July 2008
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In January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the long-awaited final regulations on implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005, a mere four months before the May 11, 2008, statutory implementation date. Under the act, states are required to adopt federal standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards or the federal government will not accept the licenses or identification cards for federal purposes such as boarding commercial aircraft, entering a federal building or nuclear power plant, or other purposes as determined by the secretary of Homeland Security. DHS re-estimated the cost to states of implementation at just under $4 billion over 10 years.

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