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Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Federal Requirements For Drivers Licenses

Sometimes I hate the Information Age:

[W]ASHINGTON, May 2 - Congress is moving quickly toward setting strict rules on how states issue driver's licenses, requiring them to verify whether each applicant for a new license or a renewal is in this country legally.


Under the rules being considered, before granting a driver's license, a state would have to require proof of citizenship or legal presence, proof of an address and proof of a Social Security number. It would need to check the legal status of noncitizens against a national immigration database, to save copies of any documents shown and to store a digital image of the face of each applicant.

The licenses issued must include the driver's address and a digital photograph, and would incorporate new authentication features designed to prevent counterfeits. The new law would also require that the licenses of legal temporary residents expire when their visas do. The rules would also apply to renewals, an aide involved in the conference said.
I must admit that I am somewhat torn over this issue. I believe that we need tighter restrictions on who can and who cannot get a drivers license in this country, especially considering the fact that a number of the 9/11 hijackers had valid licenses with expired visas (i.e., they shouldn't have been in the country in the first place).

On the other hand, I very much fear anytime the government gets more of my information in more places. I just don't trust them with my personal information stored on some server that will eventually be hacked by some punk.

This may be yet another issue that falls under the heading of: Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither. But that doesn't mean I have to like the alternative.


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