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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
July 17, 2002

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The Road to a National ID Card:
Bush Homeland Security proposal calls
for Driver's License Standardization
Contact the President and Your Members of Congress Today!

ALERT Last September, the Bush Administration told the Washington Times that it had ruled out a national ID card as a counter-terrorism measure. However, the issue is back on the table for discussion. In the "The National Strategy for Homeland Security" released on July 16, one of the major state initiatives is to "coordinate suggested minimum standards for state driver's licenses."

The two basic keys to a national ID system are a unique identifier and linking databases. Driver's license standardization relies on these principles and achieves a national ID card through a bureaucratic back door.

Reps. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Tom Davis (R-VA) have introduced the "Driver's License Modernization Act of 2002" (H.R. 4633). H.R. 4633 requires driver's license standardization within five years. It also calls for standards for biometric identifiers embedded in the card and interoperability requirements permitting all levels of government and the private sector to access and store information on the card. The bill also links state motor vehicle databases. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) is also drafting a driver's license proposal.

Within the last year, eighteen states have enacted new driver's license laws to reduce fraud and misuse. Others are already working on varying proposals. States do not need federal government interference to license drivers.

Just as the Social Security Number is the most used and abused number in America, standardizing driver's licenses establishes the framework to take us even further toward a surveillance society that would significantly diminish the freedom and privacy of law-abiding people in the United States.

Urge the President to rescind his proposal calling for driver's license standardization and publicly oppose any proposal creating an actual or de facto national ID card. White House Comment Line (202) 456-1111

Call your Representative and Senators today! Urge them to publicly oppose driver's license standardization. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Read the "The National Strategy for Homeland Security"

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

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