February 10, 2005

Real ID Act New Electronic ID to be Forced on All Americans

Posted at February 10, 2005 11:10 PM

media drop: Real ID Act: House approves electronic ID cards

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Thursday a sweeping set of rules aimed at forcing states to issue all adults federally approved electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses.

Under the rules, federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to airplanes, trains, national parks, federal courthouses and other areas controlled by the federal government. The bill was approved by a 261-161 vote.

The measure, called the Real ID Act, says that driver's licenses and other ID cards must include a digital photograph, anticounterfeiting features and undefined "machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements" that could include a magnetic strip or RFID tag. The Department of Homeland Security would be charged with drafting the details of the regulation...

jay: hmmmm
media drop: kind of .... interesting
jay: yeah dunno yet what to make of that
media drop: yeah
jay: definitely smells funny though
media drop: yeah, does indeed.
jay: my first thought is, do i have to pay for these new ids?
jay: but there are much bigger issues obviously lol
media drop: LOL
media drop: that's a good one
jay: my damn passport cost me like $100, i better not have to double down on it
media drop: thats' for sure. that would suck. free, free i tell you!
jay: identification wants to be free!
media drop: hahaha

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