PASS ID bill approved by Senate committee

Last week, the PASS ID Act, which would require state motor vehicle departments to verify the authenticity of birth records prior the issuance of a state drivers license, was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The PASS ID Act is intended to give states flexibility in adopting these new security measures and also reduce costs associated with their implementation. It is also suppose to be an improvement upon the REAL ID Act of 2005, a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission which sought to prevent terrorists from using loopholes to obtain state identification cards.

The REAL ID Act has been deemed “unworkable” by many critics, and according to published reports, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano recently called the driver's license requirements of the act "needlessly expensive," urging congress instead to approve PASS ID.

The bill is now expected to be put to a vote before the full Senate.