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PASS ID is a proposed U.S. law intended to replace REAL ID. Like REAL ID, it implements federal standards for state identification documents. Currently, states are not obligated to follow the standards, but if PASS ID takes full effect, federal agencies will only accept identification from states that materially comply with the law. Citizens from non-compliant states would need to provide federally issued documents such as a social security card or U.S. passport in order to enter federally owned buildings.

PASS ID would eliminate REAL ID requirements that are considered excessive, such as the obligation to verify birth certificates with the issuing department, and shared national databases. However, critics charge PASS ID will still require the storage of digital records of documents proving citizenship, such as birth certificates. It may also permit technology like RFID to be incorporated into drivers' licenses.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hsu, Spencer S. (2009-06-13). "Administration Plans to Scale Back Real ID Law". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  • Jim Harper (2009-07-16). "Review of the Big REAL ID Hearing". Cato@Liberty.
  • Christopher Calabrese (2009-07-15). "Like Frankenstein's Monster, DHS and the Senate Try to Revive Real ID". American Civil Liberties Union.
  • "PASS ID or REAL-ID? Tweedle-dum or Tweedle-dee?". The Identity Project. 2009-07-17.


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