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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases
Minimum Standards for Driver Licenses
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Continues for Full Compliance

Julie Baker
(850) 617-3102


Tallahassee - Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced their proposal to establish minimum standards for driver licenses and identification cards issued by state licensing agencies. These proposed standards are to implement the Real ID Act of 2005, which congress passed into law as a result of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of DHS, stated, “Raising the security standards on driver’s licenses establishes another layer of protection to prevent terrorists from obtaining and using fake documents to plan or carry out an attack.”

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has been actively engaged with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other governmental agencies and associations to assist in the creation of these standards. “Florida has been innovative in our use of technology to produce a more secure driver license and identification card. With the forthought and leadership of our Govenor, Cabinet and Legislature, we are well on our way to becoming compliant with the new standards,” said Sandra Lambert, Director of Driver Licenses for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. “We have been making changes to our processes in anticipation of these requirements since the Real ID Act passed in 2005. We remain committed to working with the leadership of the state as we move forward to become fully compliant.”

The current driver license already contains most of the Real ID requirements. The card has numerous security features to prevent tampering, which include overt, covert and forensic features. Additionally, Florida’s issuance process already requires evidence of legal presence and real-time social security number verification as well as other process requirements the new standards will require.

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