Real ID Act Law and Legal Definition

The Real ID Act of 2005 was an Act of Congress enacted on May 11, 2005. The Act modified U.S. federal law relating to security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for the state driver's licenses and identification (ID) cards, and the various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism in U.S. The Act mainly aims at establishing new national standards for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver identification cards, funding some reports and pilot projects related to border security, updating and tightening the laws on application for asylum and deportation of aliens for terrorist activity, waiving laws that interfere with construction of physical barriers at the borders, introducing rules covering delivery bonds, and changing the visa limits for temporary workers, nurses, and Australian citizens.

According to the provisions contained in the Act, only those state driver's licenses and ID cards that satisfies the requirements defined by the secretary of homeland security will be accepted for official purposes.