The count has risen to six of state legislatures that are defying the federal Real ID law requiring new driver’s licenses that aim to prevent identity theft, fraud, and terrorism, reports USA Today. The states have passed laws in the past two months, saying the federal law costs too much and invades privacy by requiring 240 million Americans to get highly secure licenses by 2013. The 9/11 Commission urged the first standards for licenses to stop fraud and terrorists. The Sept. 11 hijackers who lied on residency statements to get licenses and state IDs.
Lawmakers in Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington say new standards would be expensive to implement and result in a national ID card that compromises privacy. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that it will cost states more than $11 billion. A U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesperson warned that state officials would not want to be required to explain “how their non-compliant licenses contributed to a terrorist attack.” The defiance by six states could force Congress to reconsider the law, said Barry Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties Union. “You can’t have a national ID card if the residents of six states won’t have one,” he said.