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Jan 28

REAL ID Realities: Perspectives on the Future of the REAL ID Program

Co-hosted by the Coalition for A Secure Driver's License

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act set minimum standards for driver's licenses and state issued identification documents that are used for "official purposes." Based upon a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission - after 18 of the 9/11 terrorists fraudulently obtained 30 IDs - the REAL ID Act was enacted to close loopholes and make it harder for terrorists to carry out attacks undetected.

States have since made significant progress in upgrading the security of their driver's licenses and identification cards, however, vulnerabilities still exist. The Government Accountability Office published a report in which it noted that "the lack of proactive guidance by DHS on interim solutions for certain REAL ID Act requirements has hampered states' ability to fully address these gaps." This past December, DHS announced that 13 states have fully met the standards of the REAL ID Act and granted a "temporary deferment" for all other states and territories.

Join us as our panelists discuss the REAL ID Act, its security implications, challenges the states face, and its future.

More About the Speakers

Jennifer Cohan
Director, Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles

Lori Rectanus
Assistant Director, Education, Workforce and Income Security Team, Government Accountability Office

Andrew Meehan
Policy Analyst, Coalition for A Secure Driver’s License

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Jessica Zuckerman Jessica Zuckerman

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