Just before the holidays, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release commending the states that have met the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for driver’s licenses and identification cards. In the wake of 9/11, you will recall, policymakers moved for stronger national standards to verify the identity of driver’s […]
23 Blog Posts From the Real ID Tag
Given their state’s ongoing red-light camera debacle, New Jersey motorists may not have much to smile about these days, but that’s OK with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. That’s because the commission has banned drivers from smiling for their driver’s license photos.
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”– Scott McNealy, 1999 License plate scanners are in the news. Politicians like them because they catch people who haven’t paid taxes. Police departments like them because they turn legwork into seatwork. Officers can drive around waiting for a computer alert. Detectives can […]
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Driving Freedoms (the NMA’s quarterly print newsletter for supporting members). Do we really need one? Opinions vary widely. In recent years, there have been two legislative efforts to convert the ubiquitous state driver license into a national ID card, making it the essential “show us […]
By James Baxter, NMA President Apparently, wearing a paper bag, or some other disguise, is the only way drivers and passengers will be able to maintain their anonymity, and a little privacy, as they cruise the roadways of America. At least that’s what is in store for us as “Real ID” reaches full bloom, and […]