• Arizona Bars Real ID Compliance
  • August 9, 2008 | Authors: Pierre Georges Bonnefil; Héctor A. Chichoni; Robert S. Groban; Jang Hyuk Im; William M. Poole
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  • On June 17, 2008, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law HB 2677, which prohibits Arizona from complying with the REAL ID program. The REAL ID program requires states to issue driver’s licenses and identification documents that conform to uniform federal standards.

    In her letter explaining her support for the bill, the Governor noted the tremendous costs of compliance. According to a White House estimate, meeting the REAL ID standards would cost at least $4 billion but the federal government has set aside only $90 million to help Arizona and other states offset those costs. As she noted,

    My support of the REAL ID Act is, and has always been, contingent upon adequate federal funding…. Absent that, the REAL ID Act becomes just another unfunded federal mandate.

    By passing this bill, Arizona joins approximately a dozen other states that have refused to take part in a federal campaign for a uniform standard on state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.