Real ID Act postponed two years
The 2005 law requiring new driver's licenses now won't take effect until 2009.
By Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
March 2, 2007
WASHINGTON — Under siege from states and angry lawmakers, the White House on Thursday moved back a deadline to implement national driver's license standards that critics say would seriously undermine personal privacy and burden states with a hefty bill.
The announcement that states could have an extra 20 months, until the end of 2009, to meet the requirements of the Real ID Act did little to ease criticism of the law from conservative activists, privacy advocates, motor vehicle departments and lawmakers.
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