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May 10, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Gov signs off on law blocking Real ID Act in PA

Pennsylvania is largest state to oppose federal measure
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — This week, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a measure making Pennsylvania the 16th and most populous state to oppose the federal Real ID Act.

The federal program was enacted in 2005 to create national standards and a national database for drivers’ licenses by requiring states to connect their existing information electronically. It also added costs to verify documents necessary to apply for a license, such as birth certificates and Social Security cards.
 
 
 
Some groups also have warned that the national database would be a “honeypot for identify thieves.”
 
“Real ID is a de facto national ID card and is a disaster for the privacy rights of all Pennsylvanians,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful that Gov. Corbett recognized the many problems with Real ID.”
 
State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, who sponsored the bill, said Real ID would "redefine privacy as we know it, create a mountain of new bureaucracy and increase fees and taxes — without making us any safer."
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