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Funds earmarked for 2009 License changes.

Digimarc : 22 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
The US president has requested 160 million for implementation of the Real ID program for driving license identification in 2009.
The President's fiscal year 2009 budget request to Congress includes $110 million in grants to help states upgrade their driver license issuance systems to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109-13, which established national standards for state-issued driver licenses when used to establish identity for access to federal facilities. It includes an additional $50 million to continue development of an "information sharing and verification capability for the States" to facilitate verification of people applying for driver licenses. This is the first time the President has requested funds for driver license upgrades. If approved, this additional funding would bring to $245 million the amount of federal assistance available to facilitate compliance with the new federal driver license standards.

The States have called upon the Federal government to provide funding to help meet the requirements for REAL ID. Although the President's prior year budget requests did not include funds for driver license upgrades, Congress nonetheless appropriated $85 million for REAL ID grants to states. The first-time request by the President for REAL ID funding demonstrates the Administration's commitment to helping States meet the requirements.

The President's Fiscal Year 2009 budget is available online at the White House web site. See Appendix, Page 514, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Appendix, Page 480, Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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