Instapundit has weighed in on the proposed changes by Congress to the requirements for state issued drivers licenses. While I think his analysis is accurate based on the information presented in his source, I’ve heard different claims about the content of the actual measure. I tried doing some research via web searches but as far as I can tell, there’s really only one article out there and everything I found was basically a rewrite of that same article. At least in the blogosphere when things can passed around like that it’s noted and webloggers tend to add something of value.
In any event, as far as I know the requirements are only necessary if the state wants the federal government to accept the drivers license as a valid ID. It seems to me that this avoids all of the Constitutional issues Instapundit raises, as Congress is simply regulating the requirements for federal IDs which surely is in its purview. It actually makes some sense, as opposed to the normal “federal highway funds” gambit (which I’ve never liked). I wouldn’t support this as yet another unfunded mandate, but I think it’s fine as a standard for what constitutes a valid ID for the purposes of federal law.