Roscoe Howell, chief of Alabama's Driver License Division.
Next, they identified goals the state could achieve with little money or adverse impact, Howell
One example is checking applicants against the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements system, which verifies citizenship and immigration status.
The state has been preparing to incorporate SAVE checks into its processes for years, so it's on the way to complying with that element of the law.
The Alabama team then penciled in items that would need clarification and hinge on the final federal regulations, such as whether states would be required to verify documents such as utility bills and bank statements.
"When the law was written, I don't think anybody contacted the major utilities," Howell
says, explaining that the verification requirement would be a major expense for his
The final category included goals that officials thought were impossible to achieve, such as verifying birth certificates.
With thousands of sources of birth certificates, many of which do not use electronic records, there's no way a system could be created to electronically verify birth certificates by 2008, Howell
Even the EVVE system, which only a few states are using, has run into problems as states try to computerize all birth records created since 1935. (Real ID grandfathers licenses of people born before then.)
"That's really just a no-brainer," Howell
Roscoe Howell, chief of the Alabama Driver License Division.