High-security drivers licenses will soon be an option for Nevada drivers. That’s the word from Department of Motor Vehicles Director Edgar Roberts, who told a Legislative panel Monday the controversial “Real ID” program will no longer be mandatory. In January, Governor Jim Gibbons made the program mandatory in Nevada by executive order. But the high-security licenses have caused long lines at DMV offices, and sparked criticism from opponents who say the program intrudes into personal lives. Lawmakers could endorse Roberts’ plan by the end of the month. Nevada has spent about two million dollars to implement the “Real ID” program, and so far, 46-thousand drivers have opted for the high-security cards.
Nevada is one of only nine states complying with REAL-ID. It’s now reconsidering its position and may dump the program as early as May.
“I am not sure we are going to extend it,” Conklin, D-Las Vegas, said Tuesday. “The Legislature generally has not been supportive of Real ID.”
Ending the program won’t cause any problems for travelers because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has delayed until March 2011 the deadline for states to comply with the law, which was intended to verify drivers’ identities and create licenses that terrorists cannot duplicate. Before delaying implementation of the law in December, the agency threatened to prevent travelers from flying if they lived in states that did not follow the law.
Considering all the 9/11 terrorists had valid passports, everyone who isn’t making money off REAL-ID doesn’t see the necessity in the new driver’s licenses. REAL-ID is a violation of the tenth amendment and should not have been implemented in any state. It is only a blanket of security theater, making you feel like the government is protecting you.
If you think this is bad, read about the national ID the government wants. Neither should have ever seen the light of day and both should have been laughed out of Congress.
Two months ago, REAL-ID went into effect in Florida and many residents are having problems proving their identities to obtain the new driver’s licenses. Florida is one of the few states complying with the law as many states have said that REAL-ID is too expensive to implement and the federal government has extended the deadline several times.
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