State Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) is on the committee that is hearing a bill on Real IDs for the state of Missouri.
“According to Homeland Security, these Real IDs are supposed to make us safer,” said Lant.
Real ID is a new driver’s license that Homeland Security has been trying to get all the states to convert to.
“Our governor, as well as the House, denied it when it first was brought to our attention (a few years ago). We are one of the 29 states that have refused to do this,” said Lant.
Missouri and three other states were given extensions in 2009 to make a decision to change the license. Missouri was recently given another two year extension.
“If we don’t comply by Sept. 29 in 2018, we (Missourians) will no longer be able to get on a plane with our current state driver’s license,” said Lant.
Residents of states that don’t comply by that time will also not be able to get into any federal building without presenting two forms of ID or the new federal (Real) ID.
“We currently don’t have any bills filed so far to deal with this issue, but we have several options,” said Lant.
He said Missouri could either choose to ignore it, give the citizens the choice to comply if they wanted, or wait until somebody gets a charge filed against them for not having it then taking it to court and say its going against the constitution.
“This is something we are not going to rush into. We are taking our time and exploring all options to figure out what we as a state need to do,” said Lant.
The Real IDs would replace Missouri’s current driver’s license and also include important documents about a certain individual, fingerprints, and biometric facial images of a person.
“The information then goes into a huge database for the government to share information with other states and countries,” said Lant. “In my mind and most others, it’s nothing more than an attempt to get a national ID card.”
There are several states that have already changed to these Real ID cards and their information has already been added to the database.
Missouri currently has until 2018 to decide what they will do.
By Mattie Sexton