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Why We Need Secure Driver Licenses: Educational Video Series Release
By Janice Kephart, Bryan Griffith
January 2009
Contact: Janice Kephart
jlk@cis.org, (202) 466-8185

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2009) -- For the past two years DHS has shown ramped up commitment to helping states diminish fraud and increase security by enhancing driver license issuance across the board. Using the monies Congress has provided to date, alongside final regulation guidance and contracts with individual states to move secure ID issuance forward, a key 9/11 Commission recommendation is being fulfilled. However, the incoming Obama Administration may begin backpedaling on our security. In 2008 President-Elect Obama stated that he does not support REAL ID ‚Äúbecause it is an unfunded mandate, and not enough work has been done with the states to help them implement the program.‚Ä