Resolution on Pass ID
NOTE: This resolution has expired.
WHEREAS, Congress passed the REAL ID Act as part of the 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief Act (P.L. 109-13), creating burdensome and untenable national standards for the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards (DL/ID); and
WHEREAS, unless Congress passes legislation or DHS extends the deadline or grants waivers to states for implementing REAL ID requirements, states must demonstrate material compliance as set forth by the REAL ID Act and the implementing regulations by December 31, 2009; and
WHEREAS, beginning January 1, 2010, state issued driver’s licenses and identification cards (DL/ID) that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines not to be materially compliant the REAL ID Act will no longer be deemed acceptable forms of identification for federal purposes; and
WHEREAS, Congress has introduced the Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification (PASS ID) Act of 2009 (S. 1261 / H.R. 3471), which would repeal Title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and would address many of the obstacles states face to implementing a more secure DL/ID system; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the Congress and the administration work with CSG’s members on developing alternatives to REAL ID, such as PASS ID, that will allow states to actively participate in the development and implementation of a more secure and sustainable DL/ID system.
NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the Congress and the administration to work with CSG and CSG’s members as PASS ID moves through the legislative process to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the legislation includes increased privacy protections, minimizes the cost burden to states, and continues ongoing and substantive stakeholder coordination.
Adopted this 14th Day of November, 2009 at the CSG Annual Meeting in La Quinta, CA.