The U.S. Department of Homeland Security opened the application period for approximately $48.6 million in grants for increased driver license security. These grants support state to improve the reliability and accuracy of identification documents that state government’s issue.
The FY 2009 Driver’s License Security Grant Program will accept proposals that improve state capabilities consistent with the requirements of the REAL ID final rule. This year’s program also will contain predetermined allocation funds to all 56 states and territories instead of the competitively awarded funds issued to states and territories under the FY 2008 REAL ID program funds.
Grant allocations will be made on a formula basis, dependent on the number of licensed drivers within each eligible state and territory. Eligible applicants are state motor vehicle/driver’s license issuing authorities. DHS encourages states to submit grant applications to fund projects that will improve driver’s license issuance processes and expedite material compliance with the REAL ID Act and rule. Completed grant applications are due no later than Feb. 27.