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REAL ID Implementation Annual Report

February 1, 2012
By Janice Kephart

In this Backgrounder & Report, the author examines the September 11 attack. hijackers had between them 30 state-issued driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards.

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In this Backgrounder & Report, the author examines the September 11 attack.  hijackers had between them 30 state-issued driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards. These IDs were used not only to board airplanes but also to navigate in our society in preparation for the attacks. This is why the 9/11 Commission recommended a tightening of ID standards and why Congress in 2005 passed the REAL ID Act.

This report is an attempt to provide a comprehensive assessment of how well states are doing in improving driver’s license issuance standards of the REAL ID Act. The Act was designed to protect identities and driver’s license and identification cards while eliminating fraud and improving the customer experience. REAL ID contains 39 benchmarks; only the most important are covered here, grouped into eight categories, and presented in the chart that forms the heart of this report.

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