Way to Go Jesse White
- Illinois has been on borrowed time for a decade when it comes to new federal security rules, but it appears time has run out.
In 2005, Congress enacted a law imposing tougher requirements to prove U.S. residency, but Illinois has yet to comply with new security rules for driver’s licenses and state ID cards.
The REAL ID Act requires state officials to verify birth certificates through the Electronic Verification of Vital Events system in order to meet federal security and anti-terrorism guidelines.
Until now, the federal government has repeatedly granted Illinois extensions, but turned down the state’s latest request. That means, after January 10, an Illinois driver’s license or ID card won’t be good enough to get past security at federal facilities, and by summer it might not be good enough to board a commercial airliner.
Ten years to meet the nationally required norms and all Illinois did for a decade is ask for deferments. Morons, one and all.
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