3/4/2009

Federally mandated state IDs could get the ax under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who signed a law as governor of Arizona barring the implementation of Real ID in her state. Under the 2005 Real ID law, states have until May 2011 to issue new drivers licenses with enhanced security measures, and only those carrying the new ID would be allowed to board airplanes. Many governors, however, say the $11 billion program is too expensive and intrusive, and Napolitano's office is meeting with a group from the National Governors Association to discuss strategies and alternatives.

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