The real ID Act is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011.
As of May 11, all driver’s licenses across the United States will be required to conform to federal national security standards. In essence, our licenses are now going to be federalized. UPDATE: Russia just decided too that this is a swell idea! Rian.RU
A Fox News article from a couple weeks ago confirmed that these “national ID cards” will be required to board airplanes and enter federal buildings…. Put this together with our earlier story: the DNA from eveyone at points of entry and it is complete: TSA to Start Collecting our DNA at Points of Entry
States must be in compliance by May with the regulations laid out in the 2005 REAL ID Act. The law, a recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission that investigated the 2001 terror attacks, creates a national security standard for state-issued identification cards to be used for purposes like boarding airplanes and entering federal buildings.Now, there is no debate as to whether or not the card will contain a chip that is capable of tracking people, the only debate has been around which tracking technology better suits their needs. Here are a few quotes again from the official government document:
Of course the Department of Homeland Security insists that the Real ID Act is just here to “help” us and to make life “better” and “more secure”. According to their website, some of the goals of the Real ID Act are “to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.”
From the government on the type of chip to be used: www.gpo.gov
“ DHS also invites comments on how States would or could incorporate a separate WHTI- compliant technology, such as an RFID-enabled vicinity chip technology, in addition to the REAL ID PDF417 barcode requirement.”