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An enhanced Vermont driver's license is seen in Montpelier, Vt., Friday, May 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Today's the deadline for states to make tamper-proof driver's licenses. Many won't bother.


Monday marks the deadline for all states to make sure they have ID cards and driver's licenses that meet strict tamper-proofing standards.

But many will either push for an extension or ignore the restrictions entirely, despite the fact that the law that required them was passed in 2005. 

The new IDs will be required to enter federal facilities within 90 days of the extensions' expiration, and by 2018, they'll be needed to board commercial airlines.

Why is everyone ignoring this law?

Most states oppose the law because of funding concerns - all those new, tamper-proof IDs won't come free. Oregon DMV officials said it would cost millions of taxpayer dollars, USA Today reports.

But some states suspect more nefarious motives. In Oklahoma, lawmakers think the IDs will be part of a national identification database, which the Department of Homeland Security has denied. 

Every state has a more secure driver's license today than before the passage of the Act.
DHS website

Why was the Real ID Act passed in the first place?

It was in response to the 9/11 attacks, according to DHS.

Currently, only Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington issue "enhanced driver's  licenses" that are compliant with the Act.

Do I need this new license to vote?

No. The DHS makes that clear on its site. You can also still be a licensed driver without the enhanced ID.

What states have these licenses?

So far, just Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Should the government require enhanced driver's licenses?

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