The Real Importance of REAL ID: A Strategy for Saving the Secure Driver's License Initiative


Publication Date: May 2007

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

Author(s): James Jay Carafano

Research Area: Government

Keywords: Homeland defense; REAL ID; driver's licenses; identity theft

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


REAL ID is the right answer at the right time. National standards for driver's licenses will combat crime, thwart terrorists, discourage employment of undocumented workers, and better protect the privacy of individuals. Congress needs to appropriate the funds to "kick start" the REAL ID program, and the Administration should encourage the states to implement national standards.