Bill would make REAL ID an option for Missourians

Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City | Courtesy of
Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City | Courtesy of

After the Department of Homeland Security informed the state last month that Missouri’s IDs are not compliant with federal standards, a Senate committee is considering a bill sponsored by Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, that would allow the Department of Revenue to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The fiscal note on Silvey’s bill says the administrative costs for the Department of Revenue, local governments and small businesses are $0 or unknown. Since Silvey’s bill would give individuals the option of choosing a REAL ID, citizens who choose to might end up paying for the ID.

Kerry Messer with the Missouri Family Network opposes the bill, arguing that Missouri would be giving in to the federal government, which is “deliberately harassing the states to try to force the states into compliance.”

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