New Law Mandates CNMI Comply With Federal Real ID Act

New law will make it more difficult for criminals to obtain multiple licenses or identification cards

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, August 09, 2016) – Governor Ralph Torres has signed into law House Bill 19-25 which requires the CNMI to comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

The measure, which will amend Title 9, Division 2, Chapter 2, Article 1 to provide for Real ID identification cards and driver’s licenses, is now Public Law 19-58.

Its author is Rep. Angel Demapan and its intent is to bring citizens in the commonwealth into full compliance with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

Demapan said compliance with the Federal Real ID Act is in the best interests of the commonwealth.

The new law will make it more difficult for criminals to obtain multiple licenses or identification cards and it will also enhance the security of existing driver’s licenses, he said.

This will also allow the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue Real ID compliant identification cards to residents of the commonwealth that do not wish to obtain a driver’s license or are unable to do so.

“Compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005 is important to the commonwealth,” Demapan said. “If the commonwealth fails to comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, then residents would be subjected to a wide range of consequences such as federal agencies no longer accepting commonwealth driver’s licenses or ID cards as identification; commonwealth citizens no longer being able to use drivers licenses or ID cards to access federal facilities; and commonwealth citizens no longer being able to use drivers licenses or ID to board commercial aircraft.”

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