9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act (H.R. 10) and the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S. 2845): National Standards for Drivers' Licenses, Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates [October 13, 2004] [open pdf - 39KB]
"In its comprehensive report to the nation, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) recommended that the federal government set national standards for the issuance of identification documents including drivers' licenses, social security cards and birth certificates. The Commission noted that identification fraud is no longer simply a matter of theft, but now complicates the government's ability to adequately ensure public safety at vulnerable facilities including airport terminals, train stations, bus stations, and other entry points. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have included provisions intended to address this specific recommendation (H.R. 10, S. 2845). However, the approaches taken by the two chambers varies both in their respective scope as well as with respect to the methods used to bring the states into conformity with a new national standard. In general, the House of Representatives opted to detail specific statutory requirements, while the Senate has chosen to mandate regulation, but has given broad discretionary authority to the relevant federal agencies. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21953