An Oklahoma woman has sparked a federal controversy after she refused to renew her driver’s license.
Kaye Beach has chosen not to renew her driver’s license in protest of new federal ID requirements under the REAL ID Act, which outlines more stringent standards for state ID cards.
In particular some civil liberties groups have become incensed over the law’s provision which require that all state IDs use high-resolution photos and fingerprints for potential biometric identification. Many groups say that these rules will create a national ID which Beach says are the “hallmark of a totalitarian society.” She also believes that sharing biometric information with the government is a violation of her constitutional rights, which is why she refused to update her license.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled against a Norman woman who wanted to get a driver’s license without a high-resolution photo because of her religious views.
Kaye Beach has gone without a license since 2011 because of beliefs that came from her study of Revelation in the Bible.
Despite the ruling Tuesday, Beach, 49, said she will continue to explore her legal options.
“I feel certain that I’m going to prevail,” she told The Oklahoman.
Let it be noted that the state didn’t act on REAL ID compliance until, um, 2017. [Warning: autostart video.]