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Starbellied Sneetches Security: Stupid New Form Of Pretend Security For TSA, Etc., To Be Instituted By End Of 2014
Via WHNT.com, Huntsville, Alabama, if you want to fly anywhere or get into “federally secured buildings,” you’ll need a new driver’s license:
By the end of 2014, federal security authorities like the TSA at airports or guards at federally secured buildings will look for a new type of identification. It’s a driver’s license called the STAR ID and most of you are going to need one.
STAR stands for “Secure, Trusted, And Reliable.” According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s web site, it’s part of a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, which, in turn, will help fight terrorism and reduce fraud. It came as a result of Congress passing the REAL-ID Act of 2005.
To fly in the domestic U.S. you must have either a STAR ID or a government-issued passport as of December 1, 2014. This is for anyone born after December 1, 1964. People born before that date will have until December 1, 2017 to secure their new STAR I.D.
How do you get a STAR ID? Even though it will replace your driver’s license once you get one, it’s not as simple as renewing it at your county courthouse. It’s a brand new license, so you’ll have to visit the driver’s license office in your county.
Welcome to pain-in-the-assville and bureaucratic Kafkaland for some, for sure.
You’ll need to bring (to “verify” your identity and date of birth):
-Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
-Original or certified copy of birth certificate
-Consular Report of Birth Abroad
-Certificate of Naturalization issued by Department of Homeland Security
-Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS
But that’s not all. You’ll have to verify your Social Security number and other info. More here.