S. 1261, The PASS ID Act (29 comments ↓ | 6 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 1261 would repeal title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and amend title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to better protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of personally identifiable information collected by States when issuing driver's licenses and identification documents.

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(logged-in user) June 16, 2009, 1:47pm (report abuse)

There were attempts at a national ID card before REAL ID (most recently, AAMVA's DLA), and there will be attempts after PASS ID. There has been a slow but steady march in that regard for a long time, and whenever they over-reach, they just slow down and wait a little before preceding.We actually have a parallel effort to create international drivers licenses through WHTI and EDLs as well.


(logged-in user) June 18, 2009, 8:16pm (report abuse)

this is downright frightening. basically relinquishing any and all freedom that you have left to the federal govt. fear is the tactic with this administration. looking forward to 2010

James in VA

June 19, 2009, 7:52pm (report abuse)

WE stopped Real ID act in most states so we can stop Pass ID act. ITs the same thing. They just switch a word and puff its something else. Like caling torture enhanced interagations, Same thing differant wording. We the american people have to stop this and get laws to reverse the direction in our favor. Stop watching the new shows and playing those cool games for just little bit everyday or week. Give your country 1 hour a day to contact your members on congress both in the federal and state system. Remember the local elections and state politics are actually more important. Research if you dont know why. Please America lets wake up and stop what these elite buercrates are doing to our beloved country. Its getting to the point of tyranny. Your not free if you have to ask permission to grow garden, build a shed, paint your house. Your not free if a camera is watching almost all day everywhere, or the government can snoop through your emails, websites, etc. THIS ISNT FREEDOM!!!

Ric in Ca.

June 26, 2009, 5:44pm (report abuse)

Remember one thing...there are those in Washington DC that are hell bent in instituting a National ID card. They can call it whatever they want, but it's the same ole BS. Get those SOB's who promote this crap out of there in future elections. Thats all they care about anyhow.


July 3, 2009, 2:57pm (report abuse)

OMG...Can Not Buy or Sell without the Mark???

This is Frightening~

C D Wayker

July 6, 2009, 6:03pm (report abuse)

This bill looks unamerican and could be unconstitutional.3

B Mann

July 8, 2009, 2:41pm (report abuse)

This administration wants to take all of our freedom and rights away. They are doing it all in the name of our security and well being. We need to let our voices be heard in the next congressional election. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!!!!


July 13, 2009, 8:08am (report abuse)

out of office-strate to the prison

C Coleman

July 18, 2009, 1:12am (report abuse)

The Federal government does not have the authority to mandate ID cards for its citizens. Currently refusing to carry an ID card is your right. This also infringes on states rights to conduct identification and driver's license business as they see fit. This has "unconstitutional" written all over it... Another step down that slippery liberal slope towards totalitarian national control.

Once everyone has a card and number, and the feds own all the banks, it's one short step away from eliminating currency altogether.

B Brown

July 19, 2009, 9:26pm (report abuse)

The Constitution, which O'Bama states is a flawed document, calls for the American people to take up arms against such dictators. This is the whole purpose of the 2nd Amendment! We have to decide, as a people, what that point is when we will no longer wait for elections, but take a more proactive approach to ridding our country of these tyrants. Certainly we start with calling them frequently so that they don't forget who they represent, and following up those phone calls with written letters to reaffirm our position of authority over their stays in office. But, if they fail to uphold and defend the Consitution, then our responsibility becomes much more grave. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to ensure they have the freedoms promised them by the Constitution, and by the blood of so many Americans in past and present wars. We can no longer afford to remain silent, sounding off in blogs, and talk radio, but we must make sure our voices are loudly heard by our representatives.

Rob Robert

July 20, 2009, 7:22pm (report abuse)

I sure hope America wakes up and stops this piece of crazy legislation. Big brother --- oh my....and you know the bad guys will find the way around this. What a joke!


July 29, 2009, 10:09am (report abuse)

What are you people crying about? Do you never leave the country? You have to have a passport don't you? What's the freakin difference? Where in the Constitution does it say you can remain anonymous and fly on a plane?

Cary in IL

August 4, 2009, 2:21pm (report abuse)

What I find most distressing is that we're told never to keep our Social Security card in our wallets or pursees or with us due to theft identity issues, BUT. . . . senior citizens are told to keep their Medicare Cards with them at all times! ! ! How dumb is our government anyway????

WE NEED TO HAVE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT UNIQUE Medicare card number assigned to each citizen to guard against Theft Identity issues.

Lisa in PA

August 15, 2009, 8:46am (report abuse)

Hey Jarel,

WAKE UP MAN!! We are not talking about "flying on a plane"! We are talking about the government taking us over completely!! That means our freedom, access to our bank accounts and no longer having privacy. My father, God rest his soul, and yes, I said the word GOD Mr. President, fought in World War II. I was raised an american and I KNOW what this country stands for. This is a complete unconstitutional move towards communism. We need to fight back and "STOP THE BLEEDING". I WILL fight to keep my freedom. We don't owe the government anything. They OWE US. They work for US, we DON'T work for THEM. WAKE UP PEOPLE. Do your homework.

dj in austin

August 23, 2009, 3:03pm (report abuse)

Once a link has been firmly established between your biometrics in a database and your ability to participate in society, those who own the database can manipulate that link. It is coercive. Your biometrics in a database is the same as a chip in your arm, and worse, because you can't take it out. They'll use it against you unjustly. ICAO is UN, not USA!

Tommy Jefferson

August 24, 2009, 6:02am (report abuse)

The government is an organization which claims the right to initiate violence in a geographic area. This is the exact same thing as the mafia. Don't support that.

Jack L.

September 5, 2009, 2:56pm (report abuse)

This country is ALREADY communist. You people have been too anesthetized by "stupidity TV", prescription medication and by spending money you don't have..... It is pretty much too late now.... go have another beer

Dan B

September 6, 2009, 12:47am (report abuse)

Note to Jarel - you asked where in the constitution does it say that you can fly on a plane and remain anonomous? I'll tell you since you haven't read it. Art I, Sec 8 exactly grants the powers of the Congress and the tenth Amendment says that all powers not granted to the United Sates are reserved to the states and te people. That is where it says it int eh constitution? Did it make any difference to you?


September 7, 2009, 4:25pm (report abuse)

Here's an interesting explanation:


Robert Eoff

October 12, 2009, 10:46am (report abuse)

One of the more interesting things about Real ID and the Pass Act is that, for the first time ever, there will be no exceptions in obtaining a drivers license if the person does not have a socialist security number. Currently, all states allow a person who does not have The-Mark-of-the-Best to obtain a drivers license. Two states even allow a religious exemption for those that do not wish to disclose the number. Google 42 USC 666 which is the law passed a few years ago that "requires" states to obtain SSN's to obtain a DL. Do you really think the 666 is a mere coincidence? See Rev 13.


October 12, 2009, 11:37am (report abuse)

I want to thank all of my fellow citizens for their comments on the Past ID ACT, even the PROS. Though I am against any form of branding of human beings, which makes us no more than cattle, by catorizing, cataloging and labeling us. My heart deeply disturbs me that many of my fellow americans do not realize that this country was created to be the launching pad for the New World Order, the platform upon which the New Hitler(Bible calls him Man of sin, Son of perdition) would rule. Jack L, said, it is pretty much too late, he is correct, the President has already order over 80,000 season army soliers back to the continental USA, to suppress any revolt we as citizens my start. Bush signed a treaty with Canada and Mexico, that if there should be a uprising, that each country would send troops into the other to suppress the uprising. The Lord Jesus is coming, look up for he is closer than most think.


October 31, 2009, 2:21pm (report abuse)

Wow you people are really going off the deep end thinking the world is going to end because we have to get new licenses.


November 16, 2009, 2:24am (report abuse)



Reverend Josh Taylor

November 30, 2009, 5:57pm (report abuse)

I pray for Christ Jesus to destroy this universe with His Word. The New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem is the Third Heaven. The Three places are the same as one as well as the Holy Trinity.


December 4, 2009, 10:44pm (report abuse)

Sometimes I wonder how our country nearly elected a hockey mom who doesn't read to be VP, and then I read the conspiracy theory nonsense scribbled above, and it makes so much sense...

Freedom Warrior

May 10, 2010, 1:17pm (report abuse)

We need to stand up to big government and tell them not to take our freedom the founding fathers gave us. This is not anything religious its just that people aren't paying attention to our government. They have been planning this for a long time, as early as 1912! We need to start paying attention to them and put them in their place. Just remember WE STILL HAVE THE VOTE!

Unemployed Patriot

July 8, 2010, 12:40am (report abuse)

For those of you that haven’t figured it out yet, I've got news for you...right now you’re living in a "Fascist State". The things happening now are for the slow implementation of “police state policies” that are already underway and this Bill is just another part of the plan. The fight that needs to be made is the one that ends the corrupt fascist regime that we are currently living under! Corrupt politicians, an economic collapse, fighting too many wars (for profit) while being unable to protect our own borders. That is exactly what is happening to us now. And that is how Rome fell.

“Rightful liberty is an unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law" because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

-Thomas Jefferson

We The People

July 8, 2010, 11:43pm (report abuse)

I went to a local So Call DMV IN Florida, Because I Question This Expire Law I BEEN CUrrently Investigated By the State For Terrorist, I am a disable US veteran, ex Border Patrol Agent. This Is Unconstitutional %100 +


October 10, 2010, 4:06pm (report abuse)

Do you really think that the government will misuse your information more than Google or Facebook? We gave up any expectation of privacy once we clicked the "I accept these terms of use" box on our first computer. As someone else stated, you already give the government all this information to get a passport. The bonus is it will be a very effective tool in eliminating illegal immigration which is costing us a fortune in state and local taxes.

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