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All Aboard: Fifty States Now Compliant with Real ID

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Charles D. Stimson; Diem Nguyen

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Government (Internal security)

Keywords: HomelandSecurity; homeland security; The Department of Homeland Security; secure identification

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This past week, the state of Maine agreed to comply with Real ID regulations. Maine was the last state to agree to comply with Real ID, making this a remarkable cornerstone for the program. All 56 U.S. jurisdictions and states have either complied with the law to implement Real ID security standards by May 11, 2008, or have applied for an extension of the deadline for security improvements.