ID Problems Worry ACLU

1 decade 8 months 1 week ago January 18, 2006 Jan 18, 2006 Wednesday, January 18 2006 Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:04:45 PM CST in News

People will use the Real ID for everything from boarding a plane to entering a federal building.

But, Missouri's ACLU doesn't want to see the Real ID Act take effect because the card creates a permanent record whenever it's scanned, so it could become a tracking device.

"It's essentially a national ID papers, is what it is," said ACLU Executive Director Brett Shirk.

Shirk's also worried about how quickly the government wrote the act. President Bush signed it last May, and states have three years to comply. If they don't, the federal government won't accept regular drivers' licenses.

"It's easy to get way too excited right now about things that might happen in 2006," said Mora Browning of the Department of Revenue.

Browning says states are working with groups like the National Motor Vehicle Administrators to make sure the act becomes a reality.

But, Shirk fears potential problems such as more paperwork for a driver's license, higher license fees and longer lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"It's non-funded, so the states are going to have to pay for it," he noted.

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