ACLU Ohio attorney Carrie Davis gives the lowdown tonight on the new Real ID law, which registers drivers licenses into a national-identity data bank. If you think getting your license is a pain in the ass now, this is going to make it a five-hour deal, says Chris Link, the ACLUs executive director. The new national law (which is set to go in effect sometime within the next three to five years) requires people to show a birth certificate, a Social Security card, and a passport before they get their license. It also hikes the fee to more than $100. Plus, folks will have to go back to the bureau a whole month later to pick up their card. Needless to say, the ACLU is mighty pissed off. Congress passed the law nearly two years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11. Since then, Maine lawmakers have banned it, and at least 20 other states are fighting it. The ACLU is trying to push Ohio onto the bandwagon. There are all kinds of opportunities to make changes early, if theres a public outcry, says Link. But once they put the wheels in motion, theres no stopping bureaucracy.
Tue., March 20, 7 p.m.