The Department of Homeland Security's outside privacy advisors explicitly refused to bless proposed federal rules to standardize states' driver's licenses Monday, saying the Department's proposed rules for standardized driver's licenses -- known as Real IDs -- do not adequately address concerns about privacy, price, information security, redress, "mission creep", and national security protections.The committee says REAL ID is not "workable" or "appropriate".
— Homeland Security's Own Privacy Panel Declines to Endorse License Rules, Ryan Singel, Threat Level, Wired Blog Network, 7 May 2007
This doesn't mean DHS won't implement REAL ID, however, with is approx. $21 billion cost to taxpayers and greatly increased paperwork required of all citizens, increased likelihood of identity theft, not to mention the obvious surveillance state implications.
Today, 8 May 2007, until 5PM EST, is the last chance to comment to DHS about REAL ID.