Archive for October 11th, 2017

Comments to the California DMV on the REAL-ID Act

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

As we noted a month ago, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is currently considering whether to amend state regulations¬†on driver’s license and state ID cards to meet some, but not all, of the statutory criteria for “compliance” with the Federal REAL-ID Act of 2005.

States are not required to comply with this Federal law, but apparently the DMV hopes that if the state of California makes a show of partial compliance, the TSA and DHS won’t carry out some of their threats to unlawfully interfere with air travel by residents of California and other noncompliant states.

Comments on these proposals can be submitted to the DMV in writing until 5 p.m. Monday, October 16th, or in person at a public hearing on Monday at 10 a.m. in Sacramento. We encourage everyone concerned about ID demands and freedom to travel to submit written comments and/or come to the hearing.

We’ll be at the hearing on Monday to testify in person, and today we submitted¬†more detailed written comments, which we introduce with the following summary: (more…)