Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Delaware braces for Real ID

Delaware DMV's to start phasing in federal IDs in July 
c/o Delaware online

Delawareans who want to board a commercial airplane or train in the future will first have to obtain a federally compliant driver's license or state identification card that meets new post-9/11 security standards.

The new requirement takes effect Dec. 1, 2014, for residents born after 1964. Those born before then have until Dec. 1, 2017, to comply with the mandate, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Chris Slaven, Delaware blogger airs his commentary here.

"Because the REAL ID Act is an unfunded mandate, the State of Delaware will have to shoulder the costs associated with issuing the new IDs, meaning, of course, that the costs will be passed on to the people through taxes and fees. Pennsylvania has refused to comply with the mandate because of the inherent unfairness of this situation.

It would never occur to the corrupt politicians in control of Delaware to stick up for the citizens of our state in such a way.

While it’s difficult to find information about how, exactly, the new IDs will be more secure, the DMV assures drivers that they will be. According to, the agency will be “comparing all driver license and identification card photos to our facial recognition database to ensure customers standing in front of us are who they say they are.”

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