Implementation of the Real ID Act: States’ Recommendations

On May 11, 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act. The law sets minimum standards for the creation and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are to be accepted as valid identification for federal purposes. Initial estimates have shown Real ID  implementation will xceed $11 billion over five years. The burden of compliance with Real ID will prove challenging and costly for states.

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About the Author
Bonnie Rutledge has served as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for the State of Vermont since 2000. Rutledge has over 35 years of distinguished public service with the State of Vermont and has provided leadership to the AAMVA community in various capacities, most recently as Chair of the association’s Real ID Committee. She has also served the association as AAMVA Chair of the Board, and has worked closely with the organization on all issues relating to highway safety.

AAMVA provides advocacy on identification security and highway safety issues; professional development opportunities for motor vehicle agency professionals; programs that promote and facilitate uniformity and reciprocity; and services that enhance business operations in motor vehicle agencies. Find more information on AAMVA at