The state with the largest illegal immigration may elect to opt out of Real ID driver license implementation despite Federal sanctions that would prevent its citizens from entering federal buildings or airplanes, according to the Arizona Republic. Opposition is building to proposed legislation that would bring Arizona into compliance with the Real ID mandates. If the proposed plan were implemented Arizona would become the first state on the U.S./Mexican border to issue the enhanced licenses.
Costs and fears that the enhanced driver license could lead to a national ID card are two reasons some lawmakers are citing for their opposition. The Arizona Legislature must pass a bill authorizing the new state IDs. However, according to the Arizona Republic, the bill failed to clear a key committee, throwing the license into doubt. Read more here.