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H.R. 3398 (115th): REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3398 amends the Real ID Act of 2005 to clarify a citizen of the Freely Associated States (FAS)—the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau—who has been admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a Compact of Free Association between the United States and the FAS is eligible for a driver's license or personal identification card. The REAL ID Act included an outdated and defunct term, “the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands,” which intended to reference the “Freely Associated States.” H.R. 3398 amends the REAL ID Act by inserting the appropriate term within the identification eligibility requirements.

Sponsor and status

Don Young

Sponsor. Representative for Alaska At Large. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018
Length: 1 page
Jul 25, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 17, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 17, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-323

5 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: Congressman Young Had Sixth Bill Signed Into Law
    — Rep. Don Young [R-AK, 1973-2022] (Sponsor) on Dec 20, 2018

Gabbard-Backed Bill to Provide Identification Essential for Jobs, Housing, Healthcare for COFA Migrants Passes House
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 27, 2018

Hirono-Backed Bill To Provide Long-Term IDs for FAS Citizens Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] on Dec 10, 2018

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Jul 25, 2017

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Feb 6, 2018
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Sep 12, 2018
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Sep 26, 2018
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Dec 6, 2018
Passed Senate

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Dec 17, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

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H.R. 3398 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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