Real-ID Compliant Drivers Licenses Adopted

Connnecticut and New Jersey have recently implemented drivers licenses that comply with the requirements of the 2005 federal Real ID Act. New Jersey’s Enhanced Digital Driver License, while similar in appearance to the old license, features more than 25 covert and overt features designed to reduce fraud and abuse.

By 2017, a Real ID-approved form of identification, such as an enhanced driver license or ID, may be required at airport screenings or to enter federal buildings. At least 20 states have passed legislation that effectively says they won’t comply with the Real ID requirements. A 2011 policy position from the National Governors Association said that while governors support the strengthening of security features in state-issued drivers’ licenses and ID cards, Real ID puts unnecessary cost burdens on states and the legislation’s requirements should be revised.