Call Your Missouri Legislator About Real ID

Posted by Smart Dog on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 7:35 AM:

I have posted before on this topic, but just to remind folks, your Missouri drivers license will not be considered a valid form of identification soon.

Starting January 1, 2018 it will no longer be considered valid identification for boarding an airplane or entering any federal building or facility including military bases, court houses, and such.

The reason for this is that some right-wing nut-jobs in our Missouri legislature think this is some sort of federal government over-reach as they seek to standardize what is considered a valid id card across all the states. As you can imagine, all states have different rules for what is on your license, and how it is made tamper proof.

I guess our Missouri legislature thinks we are too special to have the same features on our licenses as everybody else. The following excerpt from the editorial in the Kansas City Star sums things up pretty well.

"Lawmakers have yet to solve the problem with Real ID ó the conflict between federal rules that require minimum standards for acceptable identification and the belief that somehow those rules are a threat to personal liberty.

Missouriís obstinance on this issue will cause no end of headaches. Some federal locations already wonít accept Missouri driverís licenses as ID. By January, Missourians who want to fly somewhere will need to produce something other than a Missouri license to do so.

This is ludicrous in a state that insists on a photo ID to vote.

We think lawmakers should simply require the state to come into compliance with federal standards. But a reasonable compromise sits on the desk: For those worried that the state ID surrenders too much to the federal government, a non-compliant Missouri ID would be available.

Lawmakers should take the deal and send it to Gov. Eric Greitens. Once itís on his desk, Greitens should sign it and not wait for an exemption from the federal government.

Weíve heard there may be a special session called if Real ID isnít figured out by Friday. Wasting that money is entirely unnecessary."

Call your representative and let him know this needs to get fixxed!

Dean Dohrman, 573-751-2204


Dave Muntzel, 573-751-0169


Denny Hoskins, (573) 751-4302


(apparently Senator Hoskins doesn't give out his email address)

Replies (32)

  • I think it's funny that Dems will completely stand against IDs to vote or IDs to prove your citizenship because it's racist or against poor people for forcing them to buy IDs. Yet we are cool with forcing everyone with a DL to go buy a new one despite the old one being good enough for decades.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't really care. If they say I need a new one, than I'll go get a new one. Luckily I don't travel hardly at all so this really won't have any effect on me. But if it's still not going to be valid the next time I fly than I'll figure out what is valid and get that. In terms of traveling headaches that's actually a pretty easy one. And I actually do agree that if they say we need to up our DL game to new standards, than just do it and I'll go get an updated one.

    But I just find it funny that Dems love federal government overreach forcing people to spend money they may not have on new IDs, while always bashing federal government overreach forcing people to spend money they may not have on new IDs.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 8:20 AM
  • To all,

    Read the comments for what it is--opinions.

    Also, old school--Real ID was passed before the previous Missouri licenses expired, giving Missouri legislators time to pass a format for an ID. This would allow a smooth transition from one ID to "REAL ID" standards. As SD noted, Missouri has some ignorant ideas of being "better"... If they truly had your interests in mind, they would have recognized the warnings from the government--if you don't use this standard for security features, etc. then you may not utilize any federal facilities or any perks

    now, these ignorant people who enjoy their Missouri IDs, those receiving federal benefits should not receive them until they have proper Identification. This should help!!!

    In my opinion--forcing REAL ID to pass and its enforcement is similar to some school districts. "We want new school busses" Ergo, a levy must be passed. If it doesn't pass--there will be no bus service for the students living outside walking distance. This forces parents/guardians to drive their children to school--you bet your a** as soon as the levy is back on the ballot it passes. If you limit benefits, you get what you want!

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 9:17 AM
  • It might not make any difference to you, Oldschool, but there are a hell of a lot more Missourians than one.

    There is no Democrat versus Republican argument to be made on this one. Just to clear things up, the RealID law was passed by the federal government in 2005 during the Bush Administration when conservatives were in charge of congress.

    Missouri has had 12 years to revise it's standard drivers license to comply. The legislature only began to buck the feds after Obama's election in 2008.

    I agree with Abovethelaw on this one, it's pure ignorance on the part of our dopes in the Missouri Legislature. Apparently they think they are making some sort of political statement. What they are actually doing is making life difficult for many Missourians in the future.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 12:56 PM
  • I know this isn't a Dem vs Rep issue. Just pointing out forcing people to buy new license for this seems like a great idea to you while forcing people to buy new license to vote you are 100% against. So are those same poor people who can't vote not supposed to travel? Not supposed to be allowed in court houses and things just because they are poor or live to far away to get a new license?

    I wasn't saying screw everyone else I don't care. I was saying whatever everyone else wants I'm good with it. If they decide to hold strong then i'll get whatever ID I have to get before I travel again. If they decide to give in and get new license, then i'll go get a new one. Either way i'll have to get a new ID.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 1:27 PM
  • Old school-- you're still missing it...

    Licenses expire normally after ~6 years. That forced you to "Pay" for a crap Missouri License which is obsolete as far as the federal standards are... That means you proved your own point. Why did Missouri make you pay for an ID once or twice--for no reason??

    As SD stated, twelve years ago. Say, you had your ID issued in 2005--you've gone through two since it passed. That's ~$25...Money you say everyone, specifically Republicans are strapped for.

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 4:16 PM
  • This is obviously a republican political plan. They're totally going to change but they're going to stall until right before midterms so working class and poor people and minorities have the shortest window to get it done because they overwhelmingly vote for progressives. Plus they'll cause a bunch of confusion right before the vote.

    On a fair playing field conservatives get crushed for being sadistic and progressives get elected. So conservatives rig the system every way they can including committing massive election fraud to prevent possible inconsequential voter fraud. Can you say crosscheck??

    If you wanna know who is doing it something and why just find out who benefits from the outcome.

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Tue, May 9, 2017, at 11:13 PM
  • Wait, I think I've figured this out. I recently learned that Alex Jones has been whining about RealID since 2008. Amazingly, he was silent on the topic from it's passage in 2005 right up until the Obama Administration.

    Then suddenly RealID became some sort of 'gubmint' over-reaching attempt to take away your guns and turn your children gay. I would assume it's been branded some sort of deep state, New World Order, Illuminati inspired spider goat lizard people plot.

    Not kidding. This is another example of how lunatics on the web seem to be able to capture the attention of conservative politicians and get them to pursue some pretty stupid ideas.

    Bless your little heart, America.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 7:33 AM
  • At the end of the day--everyone, especially Missouri resident (bias), will have new licenses. Why? Because mostly want to enter federal buildings and fly domestic air. Second, if federal benefits cease until there is verification they are in compliance--I wouldn't mind. Forget all the bull... we live in a sovereign nation first, then a state, county, city/municipality. Its why all you Marshall nice 'folks' fire off explosions July 4... Do you celebrate Missouri? I'll tell you don't... For you ignorant people, that August 10 (1821)

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 8:33 AM
  • You are correct Above, except for the part of "everyone". Because you know those poor people who can't make it to a license office or afford $25 could not possibly ever be expected to do it. Surprised we even ask for IDs for anything considering how hard it is for those people to get proper identification. It's very offensive & prejudicial against those people.

    Sarcasm aside, you are 100% correct on the last post Above. We'll all get new IDs whether it's updated MO drivers license or some other RealID verified source. I'm never in a government building that requires it, but I do enjoy flying every so often & airports are headaches enough.

    Your previous point Above you actually missed the point I was making. Point being when voter ID is brought up people like Ricardo freak out over forcing poor or lazy people to get IDs to prove who they are so they can vote. Yet have no problem forcing everyone (including those people) to get off their butts and pay for a new license to get on a plane or walk into a publically funded federal building. I'm simply saying it's funny that those people call foul on one hand and fair on the other hand for literally the exact same thing.

    I completely agree they should have just done this stupid ID thing 10 years ago and been done with it. But fact is, they didn't. So can either whine and moan and complain about what didn't happen, or deal with what's happening in front of you. Which is they'll either change the MO ID to fit the rules, or we'll just get a 2nd form of ID that fits. Either way we have to buy new IDs so just tell me which one to get and go on down the road.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 8:59 AM
  • Once again, Oldschool, you are either missing a big point about this, or using a false argument on purpose.

    If Missouri had complied like virtually every other state, then at the time your license expired and was due for renewal, you would have been issued a new RealID compliant license. There have never been requirements to run out and trade in your license immediately. The 12 YEARS given should have been plenty of time for everyone in any state to have been issued an RealID at the time their license expired.

    No one would have had to spend any more money to get a compliant ID, rich or poor.

    Now that the Missouri legislature has screwed the pooch, Missourians who wish to fly or enter federal property will have to purchase additional identification that meets the RealID standard. Most likely a passport which may cost hundreds of dollars to get.

    But I get it, you are trying to make the totally unrelated point that typically liberals don't support voter id requirements, which, of course has nothing at all to do with changing Missouri drivers licenses to comply with federal RealID standards.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 11:51 AM
  • I perfectly get they screwed up for 12 years. 100% agree they should have said from day 1 either doing it so here is new license on renewed or never doing it so go ahead and look for new. My point is they did it, so that's all done & gone. Complaint about 12 yrs ago doesn't effect what I have to do today. Today everyone will need to buy a new license (or a valid id) to fly or get into a federal building etc.

    You seem to have no issue saying today we all have to go buy license, rather than saying y should we have to buy new when old license works fine? Why do poor people not matter with regards to air traffic & federal buildings but they do with voter registration?

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 12:57 PM
  • Old school--They work fine...for now. What is the point of this thread now? I think we are all agreeing, only making our point differently. Your sentence towards SD doesn't seem correct. The "old" current license will not be accepted soon. There was a variance type approval that let states who are not currently in compliance until a certain date. SD's point is that the date is lurking--with no new licenses in sight...

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Wed, May 10, 2017, at 2:48 PM
  • Agree Above. The state will either have to change the look of the Drivers license so it qualifies and we all go get new license. Or they can be stubborn and not change the license. Which point we'll need to go get passports or something else that would qualify. Should have just changed the DL years ago.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Thu, May 11, 2017, at 9:10 AM

    Looks like our legislature is going to come in just under the 12 year deadline.

    My favorite line in the article is a quote from Rep. Jon Carpenter, ďThis bill is jam-packed with unnecessary and frankly dumb concessions to far-right conspiracy theorists, but if this is my only option, and the best the Republican supermajority can do to fix the ID problem, I have to vote yes.Ē

    Good to know that our legislature is achieving the high water mark of "barely under the wire" and "dumb, but the best we can do."

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 7:40 AM
  • I will at least give him credit for admitting it's dumb. Most of the time they pass stuff full of dumb stuff and they play it off like it was the greatest thing since the Louisiana Purchase. It doesn't make it any better, but at least he's admitting it lol.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 8:05 AM
  • I still like you guys don't understand why we didn't just do this right away. I guess I don't see what the difference is. So they store my documents on a server, every document of my life is stored on some server some where, what's one more? I assumed every state would already happily share information regarding licenses because why wouldn't they?

    I put this up there with people who hate DUI check points and things. You only don't like it if you have some reason to hide something. Because otherwise it really is meaningless and doesn't effect your life at all so why would you worry about it.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 8:11 AM
  • My passport cost me $100. You can obtain a passport card for $45 if you drive to Mexico or Canada but it is not valid for international air travel. On July 13, the passport is $135 and the passport card is $55. The passport card is as valid an ID as RealID. My RealID even confirms that I am a veteran.

    -- Posted by desert Rat on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 10:31 AM
  • Well, Oldschool, this article shoots some big fat holes in your "You only don't like it if you have some reason to hide something" attitude toward sobriety check points, doesn't it?

    I have to wonder if you live in some sort of alternate universe where police never arrest innocent people who then have to spend months of their lives and thousands of dollars proving their innocence because the officer involved in sobriety checkpoints went with "guilty until proven innocent." Some lose their jobs due to the arrest.

    It happens and it's becoming much more frequent. You really need to start paying attention to what America is today.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 1:35 PM
  • This is a thread about REAL ID--Missouri or similar state not in compliance. Get on a different thread to discuss off-topics

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 2:13 PM
  • Looks like they are getting it fixed to were you can go get a new DL. I don't ever plan on flying outside of the US so I could get the cheapy passport if need be though.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 2:35 PM
  • Abovethelaw, which diety declared you in charge of who gets to post what where!?

    DUI checkpoints are designed to give the cops an opportunity to harass and search people based on their own prejudiced opinions. The people they like grease right through, the people they view as undesirable get searched. Period.

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Fri, May 12, 2017, at 4:45 PM
  • Above must organize his socks by color and such.

    As I started the thread, I feel entitled to abuse the topic in any way I see fit.

    But, seriously, Oldschool. Weren't you trying to convince me the only people harmed by sobriety checkpoints are people with something to hide or people breaking the law?

    The evidence provided in that linked article doesn't support your hypothesis.

    Wait..... RealID..... Drivers License...... Driving ..... Sobriety Checkpoints......... False arrest due to improper subjective criteria.

    Hows that for connecting the dots?

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Mon, May 15, 2017, at 8:22 AM
  • Well done!!

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Mon, May 15, 2017, at 11:37 PM
  • So because a few random people have issues that means shut down the whole program? If you live that much of a paranoid life than I'd like to know how you ever walk out of your house with all the bad things that could be possible.

    Yes nothing is perfect. But to use that as an excuse to not have checkpoints makes literally no sense. Should we get rid of everything that doesn't have a 100% perfect success rate?

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 8:48 AM
  • Mickey Mouse shouldn't be 'mickey mouse' in Steamboat Willie, he should just be "Steamboat Willie". The name should be changed. Thoughts? I like topic changes. Marshall people, you all MDN followers especially, love change and to yell and scream about it all.

    Now, lets discuss this important matter... I like the way things uses to be... Like the good days...When we were all poor. We didn't know we were poor because we all were... right? Is that not the mentality here?

    -- Posted by Abovethelaw on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 9:17 AM
  • Old school, have you any evidence showing a direct correlation between sobriety checkpoints and the number of drunk or inebriated drivers?

    You're saying we can prove that it doesn't work perfect but we should keep using it. To use such an argument you then have to prove that the thing or action in question works at all.

    When I was a kid my grandfather told me the whistling sound his hearing aids occasionally made was to keep tigers away. His explanation was simple "do you see any tigers?" We haven't hung out in a long long time and even without his deterrent I still haven't seen any tigers. I'm starting to think that whistle may have had a different purpose....

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 11:44 AM
  • Google benefits of sobriety checkpoints Ricardo.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 11:48 AM

    I did and this is what I found. It seems to prove that the checkpoints scare the crap out of tigers but don't actually catch any drunks. The vast majority of tickets issued are for expired insurance and seat belts.

    So where's that proof you alluded to???

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 12:17 PM
  • Keep reading. More than one article on Google.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 9:36 PM
  • I haven't found any benefits for anybody but lazy cops who would prefer not to do actual investigative work, have you???

    -- Posted by R1cardo on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 11:29 PM
  • Y'all are really annoying Above with this off topic discussion, you know?

    And, yes, when it comes to things that can ruin someone's life, I would expect a 100% success rate.

    I find your attitude somewhat disturbing, Oldschool. Of course one would think I would be used to your "hey, if it doesn't affect me, who cares if somebody else dies or gets their life ruined" world view by now.

    So, data doesn't show any reduction in drunk driving deaths that can be attributed in any way what-so-ever to the 4th ammendment violation that is random sobriety checkpoints. Heck with Google, just analyze the data reported from the checkpoints we have locally.

    I don't believe there were any arrests for drunk driving in any of them for the past 5 years or so, maybe longer. Like R1cardo said, mostly expired licenses or "bring in the drug dog" stuff.

    They are simply for show, and a way for politicians to vote to spend more money on "law enforcement." The only benefit I can see to anyone is that some cops make some overtime pay.

    And, there is factual evidence that many innocent people are harmed by them.

    But, hey, as long as it's not you being charged with a crime you didn't commit, who cares? Right Oldschool? I mean what's the big deal if you lose your job because your were wrongly arrested? No big thing if you have to spend your life savings on lawyers to do battle with bad cops and prosecutors, eh?

    My how your story would change if it was you who was arrested for driving while smoking pot because some local hot-shot cop decided you were guilty with no evidence.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, May 17, 2017, at 7:46 AM
  • Listen SD, you can dream for a 100% success rate all you want. There is nothing on this earth that is a 100% success rate except death. Doctors mess up surgeries & miss diagnosis. Office workers screw up paper work. Cops get the wrong guy. Jury's let guilty people walk and put innocent people in jail. Pilots crash planes, truck drivers get in wrecks. Why is it you aren't calling for all these people to be fired and arrested immediately? Why don't we shut down those jobs since they don't have a 100% success rate?

    You ever think the reason why they don't catch drunk drivers is simply because they have them? I mean it takes a special kind of dumb person to drive drunk when it's been announced they are having a checkpoint that night. Personally I'd stop announcing it, but guess there is some rule they have too. And I'm sorry I don't feel sorry for people who have expired license, drugs in the car or anything else that get in trouble.

    Also, it's been to the supreme court, it does not violate your 4th amendment right according to them so that argument is dead in the water.

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Wed, May 17, 2017, at 8:23 AM

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