REAL ID bill really passes
(The full text can be accessed at: http://thomas.loc.gov type in HR 1286.RFS and scroll to the bottom for the bit about drivers' licenses)
Some of the scarier parts include:
"Beginning 3 years after the date of the enactment of this division, a Federal agency may not accept,
for any official purpose, a driver's license or identification card issued by a State to any person unless
the State is meeting the requirements of this section."
Alright people, we have 3 years to take over New Hampshire...
"To be eligible to receive any grant or other type of financial assistance made available under this title,
a State shall participate in the interstate compact regarding sharing of driver license data, known as
the `Driver License Agreement', in order to provide electronic access by a State to information
contained in the motor vehicle databases of all other States."
Basically a threat to make sure all states participate in the linking of databases.
Other requirements: "Subject each person applying for a driver's license or identification card to
mandatory facial image capture."
Of course this means a digital capture, and implies all sorts of facial recognition technology...
Illegal immigrants will no longer be able to obtain a license. People wthout homes won't either, making them illegal as well. And of course the whole operation will be coordinated by, who else?, the Dept. of Homeland Security. And don't worry, your very own personal RFID chip will be included as well.