Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Opposition threatens Real ID program

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CARSON CITY -- Nevada motorists might not be given another chance to get a high-security driver's license.

A legislative vote scheduled Monday on whether to allow the state Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations to make Real ID-compliant driver's licenses optional was delayed until Friday.

But there were indications that the program might be scratched entirely.

Assemblyman Marcus Conklin, D-Las Vegas, who canceled the meeting of the Legislative Committee on Regulations, said he would not be surprised if the regulation sought by the DMV is killed because of the clear opposition of some legislators.

Conklin said the hearing was canceled because citizens at recent DMV hearings were left with too many unanswered questions.

"My personal position is I do not want Advanced Secure Issuance (Real ID) mandated on the people of Nevada," Conklin said. "If it is going to be forced on us by the federal government, I think we should wait until the last possible moment."

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