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Maryland Driver's Licenses Meet Standards of Federal REAL ID Act

Only 13 state licenses qualified but other states were granted a deferral.

Drivers licenses issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration are considered valid ID for gaining entrance to certain federal facilities and for boarding commercial aircraft under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "REAL ID" Act.

A press release issued by DHS identified Maryland and 12 other states meeting the minimum standards.  The other states were Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Some states did not submit sufficient information for DHS to determine whether their identifications met requirements. The release also said that a temporary deferment will be granted to those states that did not meet the requirements at this time.

The REAL ID ACT was passed by Congress in 2005, based on a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission that established "standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses" as an important part of a national security strategy.

Dana Schwartz December 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@AntonFisher; Please take a look at the referenced articles by Mr Schneier. Just to list a few problems: IDs can *always* be forged (all the 9/11 hijackers had fakes); National databases of our personal information can be hacked; Illegals will drive without licenses (and the required testing) if they can't get them without IDs; We don't know how to keep a database of this magnitude secure (I'm a computer professional); Stolen IDs could be used to falsely implicate innocent citizens, which would be difficult or impossible to correct (like with the TSA "watch lists"); and more. This is not so much about detecting illegals, but rather about the slow movement towards a "police state" type of environment in this country.
AntonFisher December 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I do not think that any of the points listed justify not having these driver licenses. Anything is up to being hacked and stolen in today's time. Why is that such a big concern? Our SS# are all all over private companies (credit cards companies, utilities, cable, etc.) who loose them all the time. As long as we have responsible laws that deter stealing and hacking, we will be OK. When was the last time you heard that the government lost all Passports information? Probably never. And even if things get stolen and hacked, there are mitigation measures that eliminate consequences. Additionally, you sate and I have heard many times that not issuing DLs for illegal residents will make them drive without them. What a lame excuse!!!!! Illegal residents should not be here to start with and thus should not be driving at all. Does any country in world give driver licenses to those who are illegally residing in them? I doubt it. This excuse is like saying unless we issue permits to burglars, thieves will steal without permits.Driving is a privilege and not a right. Where will the illigal residents get cars?
Dana Schwartz December 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Again, I urge you to read Mr Schneier's critiques of the REAL-ID Act, and related articles on the net. He goes into much more detail than I can here.
AntonFisher December 27, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I have read them and they have nothing more than what you stated in your comment. His concern is with privacy, people driving without them, and cost. None of that really matter because these three points are moot compared with the benefits that come from the project.
G3 December 28, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Pick me! Pick me! I want my every move tracked by the State through the embedded chip in my shiny brand new driver's license. I will feel so secure knowing that somebody is watching over me every hour of every day.

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