Does your license have a "star" on it? If so, you have the REAL ID card, the new ID required by the Federal Government..
The REAL ID is supposed to be a way to identify terrorists and criminals which was attached to a broader "war on terrorism" and tsunami spending bill
and was signed on May 11, 2005 by then-President Bush after overwhelmingly bipartisan votes in Congress.
The Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License (CSDL) states that any person who has an old driver’s licenses in their pockets won’t be acceptable
IDs for federal agencies and airport inspectors. Citizens will need to obtain U.S. passports or plan other modes of transportation than commercial
According to this article, DHS: Thirteen States have Met the January 2013 REAL ID Deadline, Enforcement will be
Final in 2015
, many states have already complied [number of actual states vary].
WASHINGTON, D.C – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for Policy announced today that DHS will begin a systematic and
tailored enforcement of the REAL ID rules during calendar year 2013. Based on a review of progress in states that have submitted detailed compliance
documents, DHS has determined that Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia,
Wisconsin, and Wyoming have met the Act’s requirements. The Department commended these states, while warning the other states that they need to
continue to make substantial progress meeting the rules or face enforcement actions.
Also, according to
this link here
, without the new REAL ID license, people will need their passport to enter Federal Buildings.
Beginning in January, Louisiana will join 26 other states that will require a passport for entry into federal buildings and all commercial
flights, no matter their destination. The change stems from the 2005 "Real ID" law, which went into effect in 2008. The bill paved the way for a
universal identification system across the country, but several states including Louisiana opted out of the program.
Many states have opted out for different reasons but for Louisiana, it has more to do with privacy for their citizens.
Nov. 14, 2012
"Your driver's license would essentially become an ID number that could be swiped and scanned on either a federal building, bank, getting on or
boarding an airplane," Geymann said. "We were very concerned about identity theft, the privacy, who was going to be capturing the data and who would
have their hands on that information that would be very personal."
Louisiana State Representative Brett Geymann co-authored a state bill excluding Louisiana from the federal law.
Geymann's concern was also felt by 26 other states. As of June, more than half of states have passed legislation opposing some portion of the "Real
ID" law. [ Nov. 2012]
The responses so far seem conflicting.
Some states see this as progress while others see it as a privacy issue and a violation of our constitutional rights.
Not sure if which one is the correct "star" or if both are.......
So, do you have a star?
Mine has got a bar code on the back with a stripe like a credit card. Since it doesn't expire until next year, guess I'll have to wait and see what's
on the new one.
Homeland Security News Wire
ETA: People born on or after December 1, 1964, will have to obtain a REAL ID by December 1, 2014. Those born before December 1, 1964, will have until
December 1, 2017 to obtain their REAL ID
edit on 28-1-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)