Catholic University Law Review


Haley Hoff


The Act imposed strict requirements for those seeking to obtain personal identification documents. This Comment provides a background of the Real ID Act, including its controversial enactment, flawed implementation, and the effects the Act has on citizens. It will examine the various approaches states have employed during their process of coming into compliance with the Act as well as states’ struggle to achieve compliance. This Comment also provides a critical look into the unique issues that lower income and elderly individuals face as a result of the Act. Lastly, the Comment offers various practical and legal solutions that must be implemented if states and citizens are expected to comply with the Real ID Act.