Suit Blocks NJ State ID Program

A New Jersey court ruled to delay the use of controversial new licensing requirements that critics say violates individuals’ privacy and opens them up to identity theft.

A Mercer County Superior Court judge approved a petition by the ACLU on Monday to block the launch of the ID program – known as TRU-ID – while it is challenged in court. The state’s Motor Vehicle Commission was set to begin the program Monday. But the ACLU said the state had not held any public hearings before adopting the program.

“Implementing TRU-ID without any involvement from the public isn’t just undemocratic, it’s also in violation of New Jersey laws,” said Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU.

By 2014, the federal government plans to require anyone born on or before Dec. 1, 1964, to have one of these ID cards or a passport to board a plane or enter a federal building.

At least 25 states have rejected the new requirements, Jacobs said.

“This action adversely impacts over 3 million drivers and ID holders who are up against a December 2014 enforcement deadline,”. a written statement from the Motor Vehicles Commission said.

The TRU-ID program is now delayed until August, when the court will take up the lawsuit.