NJ Tru ID changes on hold

We recently wrote about New Jersey joining the Tru-ID compliant club of states. Not so fast said American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and decide to challenge new regulations in the court. The suit was filed in Superior Court in Mercer County last Friday, May the 3rd, just one business day before the regulations going into force. Superior Court Judge Paul Innes had no choice but to restrict Motor Vehicle Commision from requiring new set of documents from applicants for NJ driver’s license and non-driver photo id card. According to ACLU-NJ Legal Director Ed Barocas “The State of New Jersey has infringed upon the rights of every citizen in New Jersey by deciding to radically change our ID system by fiat instead of through the democratic process.” Both sides are scheduled to present their verbal argumentation in court on August 3rd and therefore the regulations are unlikely to go into force till at least that time. NJ MVC officials expressed their surprise that the regulations was questioned that late, literally a day before going into force.
Legislation passed by the Congress in 2005 on the wave of counter terrorist actions commonly known as Real ID has hard time to get through from the very beginning. Many states dragged their feet implementing it, deadlines have been rescheduled. In 2008 as many as 25 states openly refused implementing the law while the Department of Homeland Security admitted in has no way to enforce the states to comply.

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