Real ID

The federal REAL ID (Identification) Act of 2005 created a national ID card by requiring state IDs to meet federal specifications. Foes of the act argue that it had serious flaws related to privacy, data security and cost. 15 states have passed bipartisan legislation to bar the enactment of Real ID and another 10 have passed resolutions denouncing the act. The federal government has repeatedly extended the date that states must comply, and many experts predict Real ID may never be fully enacted.

The federal REAL ID (Identification) Act of 2005 created a national ID card by requiring state IDs to meet federal specifications. Foes of the act argue that it had serious flaws related to privacy, data security and cost. 15 states have passed bipartisan legislation to bar the enactment of Real ID and another 10 have passed resolutions denouncing the act. The federal government has repeatedly extended the date that states must comply, and many experts predict Real ID may never be fully enacted.