PASS(-for-Anything) ID ACT

By Janice Kephart on June 18, 2009

I spoke with Zack Martin of Secure ID News on June 17, 2009 for a podcast on the newly introduced PASS ID Act (S. 1261), which would repeal REAL ID driver license provisions.

With the backing of Secretary Napolitano and a handful of Senators, the act would repeal key aspects of 9/11 Commission recommendations pertaining to identity verification of applicants at a DMV. PASS ID legislation would also be a windfall for the states that want the political cover of claiming their driver’s license issuance system is secure because it meets (lowered) standards of PASS ID, while at the same time getting federal dollars without accountability. Best of all, PASS ID would create a "no shoes/no ID" policy whereby you'd still be required under to take off your shoes at the airport, but wouldn't have to present an ID. I'm sure that makes us all feel safer in a post-9/11 world.