In 2007, the Missouri Legislature approved a resolution pledging to protect civil rights and liberties and urging Congress to repeal Real ID. Two years later, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law prohibiting changes to Missouri's driver's license procedures to comply with Real ID and requiring state government to protect residents' privacy.
Sensenbrenner, the Wisconsin congressman, said in 2005 after Real ID passed that it "is vital to preventing foreign terrorists from hiding in plain sight while conducting their operations and planning attacks."
All but one of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had U.S. identification, some of which were fraudulent, according to the Sept. 11 commission. The commission recommended the federal government set standards for birth certificates and other identification documents, including driver's licenses.
Under the Bush administration in June 2008, the Department of Homeland Security announced Missouri had been picked for a $17 million grant to lead development of a verification hub that would allow motor vehicle departments to verify source documents for driver's licenses. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said "Americans overwhelmingly want secure identification."
Missouri ultimately decided not to become "a verification hub" and never received the funding, the state Revenue Department said.
The involvement of fellow Republicans with Real ID has not muted Missouri Republicans.
"Those were Republicans in Washington D.C. And no matter who's in control — whether they're Republicans or Democrats in Washington D.C. — I don't generally agree with a lot of their proposals, especially when it's a one-size-fits-all model pushed down upon the rest of the country," said House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.
"I don't think Real ID is a good idea."
Chris Blank has covered state government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005. Follow him at http://twitter.com/ChrisBlank2