Unless holdout states send a letter by the end of March seeking an
extension, their residents no longer can use driver's licenses as valid
identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings beginning in May,
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has warned. They would have to
present a passport or be subjected to secondary screening.
Why is DHS so intent on fighting the last battle instead of preventing the next one?
—After Social Security and immigration status checks become national
practice, officials plan to move on to more expansive security checks. State
motor vehicle offices would be required to verify birth certificates; check
with other states to ensure an applicant does not have more than one
license; and check with the State Department to verify applicants who use
passports to get a driver's license.