Eleven years ago today, terrorists attacked U.S. soil, killing thousands of Americans.
Lives were shattered, and our world seemed to stand still as we tried to process what had happened. Suicide missions carried out by 19 hijackers took innocent lives by flying planes into our buildings or crashing them on land.
Eighteen of the 19 terrorist hijackers had obtained over 30 fraudulent driver's licenses and ID cards from several states. Those licenses and ID cards helped the terrorists be accepted into flight schools, and then onto our airplanes.
It would be highly improbable, now, that someone could obtain a fraudulent driver's license or ID card in West Virginia since the implementation of the REAL ID program.
Upon reflection on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission made a key recommendation to standardize and upgrade the driver's licensing process nationwide.
I truly believe that REAL ID is a step forward for West Virginia and the nation in terms of safety and security. Never again do we desire to feel that vulnerability, that fear, that permeated each of us 11 years ago today.
It is for that reason that I continue to support West Virginia's progress in REAL ID, and I encourage West Virginians to do the same.
Please don't hesitate to visit our web site at dmv.wv.gov or call our Call Center at 1-800-642-9066 if you have any questions or concerns regarding obtaining a driver's license or ID card.
Miller is commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles.