House Republicans Push Obama Administration to Implement National ID System – Switched

House Republicans are pushing the Obama administration to move forward with a controversial law that, if enacted, would require every state to issue nationally standardized identification cards to its citizens.

As it stands right now, states have until May 11th to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, signed by President Bush. Enacted as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the act calls for the creation of a national identification card. This digitized Real ID would synchronize information from state DMV databases, and would feature a standardized bar code that could be scanned for data retrieval.