June 07, 2005

How Much Will Real ID Cost?

Among the many negative features of Real ID is that, of course, we the taxpayers will be soaked to pay for it. But for how much? Here's a glimpse into the debate in North Carolina:

Real ID Act a blow to state DMV budget
Unfunded law will take effect 2008
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who sponsored the bill, said he thought it would cost the average state less than $2 million over five years. But Virginia transportation officials estimated it will cost $237 million to comply with the law. And The National Conference of State Legislatures puts the national price tag at up to $750 million.

"We also forecast significant indirect costs [in] personnel that can run this into the billions," said Cheye Calvo, the group's transportation director.

Millions? Billions? Which is it?

And where is that money going to come from?


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