Arizona Teams with Federal Homeland Security to Create Secure ID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 24, 2007
Arizona Teams with Federal Homeland Security to Create Secure ID
PHOENIX – Governor Janet Napolitano has announced that Arizona will partner
with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to launch a “3-in-1” driver’s
license. The state of Arizona will enhance the security of the state driver’s
license to meet Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements,
provide Arizona employers with a secure document that can be used in validating
a person’s legal status, and align to satisfy future requirements of Real ID.

The Arizona project, much like the agreement reached with Washington State
earlier this year, will serve as a compliance alternative to WHTI requirements
available to U.S. citizens. (Starting January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian
citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document or a
government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, plus proof of citizenship, such
as a birth certificate, to be granted entry into the U.S. The federal
government plans to end the routine practice of accepting oral declarations alone at
land and sea ports of entry. The 9/11 Commission endorsed secure
documentation for entering the country and Congress mandated WHTI implementation in the
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.)
The Arizona project will require legislative approval, which the Governor has
committed to seek.
“Arizona has been a leader among the states on issues related to border
security and immigration,” said Governor Napolitano. “My hope is that this
project will lead to an effective permanent program that can be implemented
nationwide.”
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, “I applaud the leadership
of the state of Arizona who came forward to join us in our effort to bolster
security through secure identification. This partnership helps us strike the
right balance between security and facilitation, incorporating 21st century
technology and innovation.”
Under the plan, Arizona will develop a technologically enhanced driver’s
license that will provide its residents, who voluntarily apply and qualify, with
a document that is acceptable for use at U.S. land and seaports. The enhanced
driver’s license will be slightly more expensive than a standard Arizona
state driver’s license and will require proof of citizenship, identity, and
residence.
In addition, the bearer will be able to use a newly-issued MVD card in the
work eligibility process.
Finally, the Real ID requirements – slated to be issued later this year – are
intended to strengthen the underlying document through physical security
features and a secure issuance process. Arizona’s new driver’s license is poised
to be one of the nation’s first to comply with Real ID requirements.
Governor Napolitano will continue to urge the federal government to fully fund Real
ID, so it does not become another unfunded mandate to the states.
For more information about the Office of the Governor, please visit
_http://www.azgovernor.gov/_ (http://www.azgovernor.gov/) .

Posters Note: this would be a huge step forward for Tourism in Rocky Point.

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