April 26, 2007 By News Report
The forum is designed to seek input from a wide range public and private constituencies from California and other states on issues and perspectives as they relate to the proposed REAL ID regulations, in particular California's motoring public, who are most impacted by the Act's licensing requirements.
The Act, as proposed, would require every California driver license and identification card holder to appear in a DMV field office in person to be recertified. Individuals would be required to bring documents including a certified birth certificate, an unexpired U.S. passport, proof of social security numbers and proof of address documents. California DMV has raised numerous questions about the proposed regulations, which can be found at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/real_id/real_id.htm Additional information on the REAL ID Act can be found on the Department of Homeland Security Web site at www.regulations.gov [Docket ID number: DHS-2006-0030-0001].
"This event will allow us to look at REAL ID with fresh eyes and suggest a strategic approach toward implementation," said DMV Director George Valverde. "Most recently, we asked the federal government to take a second look at the proposed regulations respective to recertification and electronic verification."
Following introductory remarks by Director Valverde and Dr. Richard Barth, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security, public comment will be taken in five specific areas: Consumer/Personal Impact; Privacy/Security; Electronic Verification Systems; Funding/Implementation/Time Frames and Cost; and Law Enforcement.
The Department of Homeland Security officially released the proposed REAL ID regulations on March 9, 2007, which began a 60-day public comment period that concludes on May 8. Final regulations could be released at any time after August of this year.
The REAL ID Act, signed by President Bush in 2005, sets national standards for driver's licenses and identification cards and is scheduled to take effect May 11, 2008.
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