posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 07:47 PM
I came across this the other day.
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.
After reading this, and through the Delaware site
can see why they want to get the PASS ID through.
This version of the REAL ID is seemingly pointless. From what I can tell, they just want more proof when you apply for it. It doesn't have any
biometrics, stored data, or RFID. It is a regular, perhaps more detailed printing, license. I don't know if other states are doing the same, but
Delaware even allows those who don't want the 'REAL ID' version to obtain a 'regular' one which is only different in that it lacks a star and has
the words 'Not for Federal Identification' line. I could see some cops using that to deem you suspicious or a trouble maker/non-conformist.
I am curious about how the regulation stating you will require a REAL ID to fly or enter a Federal building after 2014. First, how can they make it a
requirement for domestic travel? I haven't seen the details of how it works, how kids are exempt (but can still be on a no-fly list), etc.
Second, if a person doesn't have one and gets called for jury duty, can they call in and say 'I can't go in because I don't have the id so take me
off the list?' More reason not to have one!
I wouldn't have a problem getting one if I moved to Delaware, because they don't need anything but proof of who I am. However, if the PASS ID goes
through and realizes all that the REAL ID failed to get them, hell no.
PASS ID would eliminate REAL ID requirements that are considered excessive, such as the obligation to verify birth certificates with the
issuing department, and shared national databases. However, critics charge PASS ID will still require the storage of digital records of documents
proving citizenship, such as birth certificates. It may also permit technology like RFID to be incorporated into drivers' licenses.
RFID is a big no no for me. Also, having something act as a National ID.
More on PASS ID
They say it may seem abandoned. I think they are really just waiting to sneak it into an emergency Gulf clean-up or defense bill like they did with
the REAL ID.
[edit on 18-6-2010 by Wolf321]