The U.S. National ID Law at Ten Years

Featuring Edward Hasbrouck

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The REAL ID Act sought to coerce states into using machine-readable technology with federally defined data elements in their cards, capturing digital images of identity-source documents, and providing other states electronic access to information contained in their motor vehicle databases. Edward Hasbrouck is a consultant to the Identity Project ( He spoke at a recent Cato Institute event and comments on the prospects for the U.S. National ID law 10 years along.