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Stop The Real ID Act!
By Adam Brandon on March 19, 2008
The federal government is trying to bully states into accepting the Real ID Act, which would create a national identity card. So far, Governor Mark Sanford has rightly resisted this federal imposition on South Carolina. Help us show support for Governor Sanford and his resistance to allowing the federal government to centralize a power better left to the states.
The standardized national driver’s licenses created by Real ID would become a key part of a system of identity papers, databases, status and identity checks and access control points that will increasingly be used to track and control our movements and activities.
Real ID requires state governments to remake their driver’s licenses, restructure many of their computer databases, create an extensive new document-storage system, and verify the “issuance, validity and completeness” of every document presented at DMVs.
Because Congress ordered but has not paid for these mandates, which will cost states like South Carolina billions of dollars, fees on individuals applying for driver’s licenses will increase. Individuals are also likely to confront slower service, longer lines, and bureaucratic problems trying to get these ID cards.
The Real ID database will inevitably, over time, become the repository for more and more data on individuals, and will be drawn on for an ever-wider set of purposes. Collecting this much information on citizens to be used for potentially a growing number of purposes should give all those who value individual liberty pause.
Tell Governor Sanford that he is doing the right thing in resisting the Real ID Act in South Carolina.