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Real ID Act stymies drivers

“Although the Real ID Act is the law of the land, opposition is building in Congress. HR 3471 and S 1261 each call for repeal of the Real ID Act.

Today, the Real ID Act is still the law. Florida and a dozen other states have adopted it. They are in a minority as the rest of the states have prohibited it or, are considering such action.”

*BTC -S 1261 is the PASS Act  – or the Real ID Act with the strict edges knocked off.  Most of the data surveillance structures stay intact.  HR 3471 is Rep. Cohen’s bill which repeals Real ID and replaces it with a negotiated rulemaking process.

Long lines afflicting Delaware DMV’s, delays
“There are only a small handful of state lawmakers who remember the late 1960s, when the General Assembly raised the cost of a license tag by 50 percent — and irate drivers promptly voted a bunch of them out of office that November.

Two to three hours of waiting at the DMV is unacceptable and a misuse of government facilities. Fix it fast. Remember the 1960s.”

:: NCard :: MiddleTownTranscript::Dover Post

Dover, Del. —Starting July 1, Delaware’s blue and gold drivers’ licenses will change from simple cards with basic information to high-tech pieces of plastic designed to be more secure and harder to forge than anything that’s come before.

The new identification cards are designed to comply with federal regulations formulated in the wake of the September 11 attacks and crafted to unify procedures and security measures that vary greatly from state to state.

Beginning in 2014, only identification cards designed to the federal standards will be accepted when boarding an airplane or entering a federal building, though no one will be forced to obtain a federally compliant ID.

Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles Director Jennifer Cohan said the First State has been able to move quickly and get a jump on the federal mandates, unlike larger states that remain mired in logistical problems.

“Delaware is in a fortunate spot; we’re a small state,” she said. “We received $1 million from the federal government and we have a whole new computer system.”

To get a new ID, citizens must produce more detailed documentation than before to verify their identities and prove their citizenship.

Before issuing an ID, staff at the DMV will need to see an original birth certificate or valid passport, as well as an original social security card and a recent piece of mail received at a current in-state address.

Even though producing more detailed documentation can mean a bit more hassle for residents, Cohan said the new computer systems would make renewing an ID easier in the future.  :::MORE HERE:::

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. :::MORE HERE:::

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.”

Letter to the Editor for Delaware Online

Real ID poses big threat to Americans’ freedom

“Your papers, please” is not a phrase that sits well will freedom-loving Americans. A national ID card system flies in the face of everything we as Americans believe in. The new Delaware “secure” driver’s licenses (aka Real ID) is a national ID card. Both state and federal authorities say that these cards will not be shared by the states with the federal government. Is anyone over the age of 10 still naive enough to believe this?

Are you concerned with the security of your own identity, and who has access to it? For those of you who say “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide,” consider the implications for ID theft: Many DMV employees across the country have been jailed for selling driver’s license information. Consider also that the Delaware DMV routinely sells its records to anyone who pays them — without telling you.

This information can include your license number, photo, Social Security number and birth date.

As for increasing the security of America, consider the card itself. A single national ID is an exceedingly valuable document, and accordingly, there’s greater incentive to forge it. No matter how unforgeable we make it, it will be forged. Such an ID is a dream come true for terrorists. The government has spent so much time telling us how secure these IDs are that they will be accepted without question. There is more security in alert guards paying attention to subtle social cues than bored minimum-wage guards blindly checking IDs.

It is also questionable how well ill-trained state DMV employees will be able to spot fraudulent documents, such as out-of-state birth certificates or licenses.

Also, if a DMV employee determines that your documents are fraudulent, where do you turn for redress? Of course, if they’re typical government employees, showing them a portrait of Benjamin Franklin might smooth things out.

Wes M. Jones, Wilmington

DOVER — Those getting a Delaware driver’s license will soon face increased security measures.

That could make life difficult for some – particularly immigrants who are not in this country legally and don’t have the necessary documents.

The law [The Real ID Act] was condemned by many states as a costly unfunded mandate – it would cost them an estimated $4 billion to implement it – and 24 states have refused to comply or passed laws limiting their participation.

Delaware, which didn’t resist the federal Real ID mandate, is expected to be ready to meet the requirements of Real ID.

“We’re on track to meet all the [Real ID] benchmarks by January 2010,” said Jennifer Cohan, director of the Division of Motor Vehicles. Delaware will debut a new driver’s license next year, one that will resemble the current license but that will contain additional security measures.

Delaware also will issue noncompliant licenses for people lacking the documentation needed for federally compliant licenses, Cohan said.

Those licenses still confer driving privileges but will not be sufficient identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building.

Real ID also drew fire from a wide range of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, which blasted it as a de facto national ID card and its provision for a central database of driver information as an invasion of privacy.

Now an effort is afoot on Capitol Hill to bypass the states’ rebellion and retool Real ID. The new bill, Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification – PASS ID – is somewhat less rigorous than Real ID and also contains federal funding to help states implement it.

PASS ID, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., eliminates a Real ID proposal for a central database that would allow states to cross-check the validity of documents.Cohan called PASS ID “Real ID Lite” – it accomplishes many of the same goals without excessive burdens on the states.

Applicants still will have to supply a birth certificate and Social Security card to obtain a federally compliant license. States also will check applicants’ legal status – including their immigration status.


BTC – Lexis Nexis is reputedly the TSA’s data aggregate of choice. Who is running it makes a difference. I smell .. BIDEN.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LexisNexis® Special Services Inc. announced that Thomas Jarrett, the state of Delaware’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a former Vice President and President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), has joined the company as Director of Business Development. Mr. Jarrett will be responsible for helping LexisNexis Special Services Inc (“LNSSI”) market solutions that leverage public records data and advanced analytics technology to enhance the abilities of state and local law enforcement, revenue and social services agencies.