Idaho's Non-Compliance With REAL ID Act Limiting Access to Idaho National Lab


Idaho's non-compliance with the REAL ID Act has already caused problems at the Idaho National Laboratory and could affect all federal facilities by the end of the year.

The 2005 act was designed to put tighter controls on driver's licenses and identification cards, but Idaho is one of only nine states not in compliance with the law. Last week, however, the INL began enforcing the REAL ID Act. The result is that many Idahoans who only have an Idaho driver's license as their formal ID could be denied entrance.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Rexburg Republican Idaho House Rep. Brent Hill wants to resolve the issue sooner than later.

"We've asked our Transportation Committee chairmen to look into it," Hill told the Tribune, pointing to Washington state, which offers an enhanced driver's license—for about $20 more—that is acceptable to U.S. Homeland Security.

"I look at it like the enhanced concealed carry permit. You don't have to get one, but if you want a permit that's good in other states, it's available," he said.

But in 2008, a measure from the Idaho Legislature adopted a resolution opposing the REAL ID act as "an attempt to commandeer the political machinery of the states."