Sunday, December 28, 2008

The 2005 REAL ID Act

Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
$600K grant enhances driver's license security

By Kristi Eaton

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving the CNMI a $600,000 grant to improve driver's license security through the REAL ID Act.

The grant is part of $48 million that the Homeland Security released to the 50 states and six territories as part of the fiscal year 2009 Driver's License Security Grant Program. The six territories each received $600,000.

According to the DHS, the purpose of the Driver's License Security Grant Program is to prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents that states and territories issue.

The 2005 REAL ID Act requires Motor Vehicle departments in issuing licenses to follow requirements on data and documentation. Each state or territory must also share their database with all other states.

The law, however, has not been without controversy. According to reports, President-elect Barack Obama and several state governors oppose the law, believing it violates personal privacy.

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