Vet Applies for Federal 'Real ID' Card, Ends Up Losing Driver's License and Citizenship

Vet Applies for Federal ‘Real ID’ Card, Ends Up Losing Driver’s License and Citizenship


David O’Connor, a Navy veteran who has lived in this country for over 70 years, wanted a Tennessee “Real ID” driver’s license. He ended up with the state essentially stripping him of his American citizenship, at least for administrative purposes.

According to WTVF-TV in Nashville, in early June, O’Connor “went to the Driver Service Center in McMinn County to not only renew his driver’s license but get one of the new enhanced or Real IDs.”

Real ID requires certain documents to prove citizenship. It was created by an act of Congress in 2005, in the wake of 9/11, to require certain sets of rules for obtaining identification cards — including driver’s licenses — that could be used to, among other things, board airline flights.

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