State Groups Acknowledge Final Real ID Regulations

WASHINGTON , Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With just 120 days before the implementation deadline, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released final Real ID regulations. According to the National Governors Association (NGA), the...


-- Ohio passed a bill that directs the Director of the Department of Public Safety to request a time extension from DHS for REAL ID compliance.

-- Michigan passed a resolution that memorializes DHS and the State Department to establish pilot programs for compliance with REAL ID and WHTI.

Other Legislation

-- Virginia's budget bill directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to direct motor vehicle license renewal transactions in a way that mitigates the effects of REAL ID on customer service. It also requires the DMV to retain nearly $10 million for information technology initiatives and the implementation of REAL ID.

-- Nevada passed a bill that authorizes spending for REAL ID compliance.

-- Tennessee appropriated money for REAL ID implementation.

State Legislators Available to Respond to Newly Released Real ID Regulations

State Legislators

Sen. Richard T. Moore , (D-Mass.)

Chair, Massachusetts Senate Health Care Financing Committee

Member, NCSL Executive Committee

Co-Chair, NCSL Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Available 9 a.m.-10 p.m. ET any day

Contact Shawn Collins at (508) 208-7558

Sen. Bruce Starr , (R-OR.)

Vice Chair, Oregon Senate Business, Transportation and Workforce Development Committee

Member, NCSL Executive Committee

Immediate Past Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Transportation

Contact (503) 310-7500

Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, (D-Texas)

Chair, Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

Immediate Past President, National Conference of State Legislatures

Contact Tiffany Champion at 210-733-6421

NCSL Experts

Jeremy D. Meadows

Senior Policy Director: Trade & Transportation

State-Federal Relations Division

Contact jeremy.meadows@ncsl.org;

(202) 624-8664, or (202) 413-0886

Garner Girthoffer

Policy Specialist

State-Federal Relations Division

Contact garner.girthoffer@ncsl.org;

(202) 624-7753

Background:

The National Conference of State Legislators believes Congress must provide states at least $1 billion for the start-up costs.

-- Congress only appropriated $50 million for FY 2008 to assist states with the implementation of the Real ID.

-- Prior to this year, only $40 million has been appropriated (for FY2006) for state implementation.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit http://www.nga.org.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is the bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system. For more information, visit http://www.ncsl.org.

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing safety and security through motor vehicle administration and law enforcement. AAMVA develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety. The association's programs encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces, and liaisons with other levels of government and the private sector. Founded in 1933, AAMVA represents the state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws.