“As a former law enforcement officer and the current Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, I know it is critical that Massachusetts fully complies with the REAL ID Act. By not complying, we are putting Massachusetts residents at risk,” Senator Moore stated. “REAL ID is a federal law that gives our law enforcement officers another tool to help ensure the Commonwealth remains safe. If Massachusetts does not quickly make strides to comply with the law, we risk facing penalties from the federal government,” said Senator Moore. “Non-compliance could have serious negative implications on our residents, such as not being allowed to board an airplane. I have urged Governor Patrick and the Registry of Motor Vehicles to bring the Commonwealth into compliance with the REAL ID Act,” said Moore.
Enacted in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish standards for state issued drivers licenses that would be used for “official purposes” and other activities requiring the verification of identity, such as boarding a commercial airplane and obtaining a US passport. The Act was based on a recommendation by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.
On December 20, 2013, DHS announced that Massachusetts is one of only nine states facing possible enforcement and penalties from the federal government for failure to make meaningful progress on complying with REAL ID.