STATE – New federal identification requirements to get a New Jersey driver’s license did not go into effect today as planned because the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging them in court.
Under the new standards, applicants would have to show their Social Security card, a paystub or tax document rather than simply stating the number. They would also be required to show two proofs of residence, rather than the one that is required now.
The state Motor Vehicle Commission issued a statement this afternoon, saying, “We are extremely disappointed by the ACLU’s last-minute move to block implementation of new federal identity requirements. Like other states around the nation, New Jersey was implementing the identification program to meet those federal requirements. This action adversely impacts over 3 million drivers and ID holders who are up against a December 2014 enforcement deadline. Given that the ACLU motion was filed on the Friday before the new requirements were to take effect, thousands of customers will come to the MVC today prepared to meet the new requirements only to find that 6 Point ID is still in effect. The MVC has made every effort to ensure that compliant documents would be in the hands of all customers prior to enforcement so that they would not face any confusion or disruption when attempting to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility.”