Monday, March 24, 2008

Chertoff warns holdout states to comply with ID rules

Chertoff warns holdout states to comply with ID rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is calling on four states to get in line with new rules for driver's licenses, or their residents could be standing in long lines at airports.

If extensions aren't requested by the end of the month, air travelers from the four states won't be able to use their licenses to board an aircraft, or enter federal buildings. They'll need a passport, or be subjected to secondary screening.

South Carolina, Maine, and Montana have not sought exemptions, or started toward compliance with the program called Real ID. It passed after the 2001 terror attacks, and requires new security measures. New Hampshire asked to be exempted. The request wasn't considered valid and an extension was not granted.

Critics of the program say it's too expensive, an invasion of privacy and won't make the country safer.

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