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

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 The REAL ID Act included an outdated and defunct term, “the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands,” which intended to reference the “Freely Associated States.”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.

Last updated Sep 25, 2018. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 26, 2018.


REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Real ID Act of 2005 to make a citizen of 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 Republic or Federated States eligible for a driver's license or personal identification card. Under current law, a citizen of those countries is eligible for a temporary driver's license or personal identification card.