DHS Honchos Get a Polite Earful on New ID Regulations


A combined online/ real-world townhall devoted to new federal standards for state-issued identification cards on Tuesday brought transgender activists, religious fundamentalists, anti-domestic violence groups together with the usual cast of civil liberties and consumer rights groups to criticize proposed rules that will make DMV visits around the country a more painful experience in hopes that future terrorists won’t get real driver’s licenses.

Transgender activists say the new rules about marking licenses male or female will make their already tough lives tougher when trying to explain to an airport security screener why their license says M when they dress F. Religious advocates see Real ID as just one more confirmation that the mark of the beast is nigh. Immigration rights groups protest the requirements will keep undocumented aliens from getting a license.