Nebraska seeks to implement REAL ID security plan

Deltek Analyst Joanna Salini reports.

The state of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (NDMV) is looking to establish a REAL ID security plan in compliance with the REAL ID Security Act. The state released a formal solicitation on October 13 for a Comprehensive Driver’s License and Identification Card Issuance Security Plan.

REAL ID is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of state-issued drivers’ licenses and identification cards to assist in the fight against terrorism and reduce fraud. In January 2008, in response to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, Global War on Terror, and the 2005 Tsunami Relief, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a REAL ID final rule to establish “minimum standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards acceptable by federal agencies for official purposes.” The rule contains a set of regulations for states to meet requirements of the REAL ID Act, including a security plan as part of its REAL ID certification program. States were expected to be in full compliance with the REAL ID Act by May 11, 2011, but many states had trouble meeting the requirements due to budgetary issues. A final rule was issued on March 7, 2011, changing the date to January 15, 2013.

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