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AnalysisNational ID: A Bad Idea That Won't Work

Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM

The most recent attempt to create a national ID system was contained in the 1996 Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which mandated that the states incorporate information on driver's licenses that would allow them to serve as national ID cards.

Fortunately, this section of the act was invalidated by the Shelby Amendment to the appropriations bill, which in effect strangled the program in its crib.

Any revival of the system would of necessity employ the state driver's license method as the only practical means of implementing a national ID card program. And therein lies the rub – it probably wouldn't work.

Writing in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, William M. Bulkeley noted the problems with issuing national ID cards using state driver's licenses as the identification credentials.

Here are some of the obstacles to putting such an idea into practice he listed in his article "Hijackers' Passports Highlight Issue of Rampant Fake IDs in U.S."

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