The National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today submitted official comments and recommendations on Real ID implementation to the Department of Homeland Security.

The organizations point out that they "share the goal of improving the security and integrity of state issued driver's licenses," but the Real ID Act's "draft regulations, however, do not address several major state recommendations designed to ensure successful and cost-effective implementation of the act."

The letter suggests several recommendations on Real ID implementation:

  • Provide a workable extension of the compliance deadline;
  • Provide funds necessary for states to comply with the Real ID;
  • Allow states to implement a 10-year, progressive reenrollment period;
  • Allow reciprocity for persons already vetted by the federal government;
  • Provide the federal electronic systems necessary to comply with the law;
  • Require states to employ electronic verification systems only as they become available;
  • Adopt uniform naming conventions to facilitate electronic verification between files; and
  • Establish card security criteria based on performance, not technology.

To read the letter click here.