Oregon Rejects Real ID Act

Kara Reeder

According to Computerworld, Oregon has become the latest state to reject the Real ID Act, which establishes a national standard for driver's licenses. Minnesota, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Maine and Montana are among the other states that have signed into law a statute that prohibits Real ID implementation.

 

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that would prohibit agencies from spending any state money to implement Real ID Act requirements unless the federal government reimburses them the money and can demonstrate specific security controls for protecting driver's license data. Since all state driver's license databases would be linked, there has been concern that this interconnectedness will make it harder to protect data and easier for data thieves to steal identities.

 

Still, all citizens will eventually need ID cards that comply with the Real ID requirements. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended its compliance deadlines, making driver's licenses acceptable as identification by federal agencies until December 2014.



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