Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee expressed concern during a hearing on Wednesday that new regulations for government-issued identification cards could make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent identification documents.

The new rules are part of the 2009 Providing Additional Security in States' Identification Act, known as PASS ID, which was introduced in May to address concerns with the 2005 Real ID Act, which requires states to enforce more stringent procedures for people applying for a driver's license. Many states consider the law an unfunded mandate that infringes on citizens' privacy rights and have refused to comply.

By Jill R. Aitoro --

Interior Enforcement

Updated: Tue, Jul 21st 2009 @ 3:39pm EDT