Understanding REAL ID

You’ve been hearing about REAL ID in the news and from us, at NCTE. But perhaps you are not quite clear what REAL ID is all about? In general, that is…not just the ways that transgender people are affected by REAL ID.

Fortunately, CNET News.com has published a four-part series of articles that provides background on the REAL ID Act and how the upcoming deadlines can impact people’s everyday lives.

CNET News.com does not cover the transgender angle of REAL ID, of course. However, the ways that all Americans will be affected certainly includes transgender people. I am sure that most transgender people will be able to imagine how these general difficulties would translate into even greater hardships for our particular community.

Four-part series: “REAL ID vs the states


CNET News.com has also made available an easy-to-read version of the relevant section of the REAL ID Act. For those who want to read the entire text and history of the bill, click here.


2 Responses to Understanding REAL ID

  1. Beat The Chip says:

    I am grateful to the NCTE for upholding their duties to the bill of rights, to Constitutional process and most of all, privacy. I picked up your news release and read a relevant quote about the “failures” of Real ID on the air. Please check on the 3/19 Radio archives for a quick listen at BeatTheChip.org, an activist news blog devoted to Real ID.

  2. Anonymous says:

    One issue I see with the REAL ID or any database that has information on a person is DNA. If someone is known as a woman and has the DNA of a man it dose needs to be known. Just because someone decides to cut themselves up dose not mean that they are good or honest people. If someone chooses to alter their body I dont really care however I think that the authorities should know the reality of what the person is. I can call myself a cabbage and everyone can believe that I am one but that is not biologically what I am. I am not saying this to be hateful. I just feel that the issues that could come from hiding the truth about what a perosn is biologically could cause some very odd issues in the future.

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