Out of 500,000 cards handed out by Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) to the delivery couriers 50,000 were not delivered due to errors in address and invalid contact numbers. Current capacity of ID card production is 250,000 a day and it heavily outnumbers courier services abilities. The new national ID programs is designed to integrate social benefits access; future plans also include using the ID card for health benefits.
According to the new bill tentatively passed by th North Carolina House of Representatives ID cards issued by Mexican consulates will no longer be valid to prove identity or establish residency in the state. Other benefits like Medicaid, state driver’s license will also become unavailable for immigrants whose only form of identification is consulate issued ID card. Sponsors of the bill, mainly Republican argue that ID card is unreliable, too easy to obtain and not protected enough against forgery. Critics of the bill say that consulate issued ID card is a valid form of identification issued by a foreign country. The bill may prevent parents from picking up their children at schools which require photo identification. Bill supporters also mention that foreign passports will remain a valid for of identification. A final vote on the bill is expected in next few weeks.
According to IRIN the new Bangladesh national ID card policy may discriminate asyluum seekers from Burma Rohingya. New national ID card will start to be issued this summer and would be a base for obtaining social and municipal services like public education or healthcare. It’s estimate 200,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees may not be eligible for the new national photo ID card. At the present Bangladeshi government has no plans to adjust it’s policy towards accommodating Rohingya refugees
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Waterloo, IA school district is looking to introduce ID badge system for visitors. The system called Raptor, made by V-soft compares driver’s license data with 48 states sex offenders record. In case a visitor is listed as a sex offender additional safety precautions can be taken. Every school visitor would be issued a disposable photo ID badge to wear, it would list school name, visitor name, time of admission and visit destination area. System is expected to be implemented by the end of March.
It has been 6 years struggle already for Florida ports to be able to issue photo ID badges and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to do background checks on badge applicants. As of now in many ports federal id badge is insuficient to enter and drivers need to get a state badge as well. Federal badge costs $132 and lasts 5 years while state badges can cost $25-85 plus $10-$35 annually to renew. Some commentators say the struggle is about money; security screening is a fairly expensive procedure and significant contribution to the state or federal budget.
More at: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-03-24/story/id-issue-puts-florida-ports-odds-police
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Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. announced newly redesigned Driver’s License and Identification Cards for residents of Maine. Major changes include vertical design for under 21 years old as well as new security features like ghost portrait, securty indicia and barcode with coded demographic data. Current driver license and state photo id cards will remain valid until expiration date. If person wants to get a newly redesigned ID card or DL $5 fee will be charged.
New designs can be seen here:
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Another hospital asks visitors to wear ID badges while on the premises of the facility. Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA requires visitors to show photo ID card, takes a photo of the visitor and prints a disposable ID badge to wear while in the hospital. New policy gets mixed reactions from understanding to surprise. More and more hospitals across the country require photo ID to visit and some sort of ID badge to wear while visiting. Sometimes it’s a generic badge with a label of department person plans to visit while other hospitals use disposable photo ID badges.
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LaserCard, a leader in government ID solutions marked received an order valued at $2.1 million for making photo ID cards for Saudi Arabia citizens. “The Saudi Arabian program provides world-class protection and functionality, and enables citizens to benefit from credentials using ID technology acknowledged as among the most advanced and secure available today,” said Robert DeVincenz, president of LaserCard.
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced yesterday will soon start issuing newly redesigned state photo ID cards and driver licenses. It’s the first design change since 2003. The main purpose of the redesign is to improve security features as the department’s commissioner Bill Gibbons said “Tennessee driver licenses have not been updated in eight years, and the technology behind them is eight years old,”. The changes include:
- new banner showcasing Tennessee landmarks and icons;
- new background design;
- enlarged organ donor symbol, when authorized;
- multiple date of birth placements on front and back of the card;
- vertical format to distinguish driving privilege from identification only cards;
- digital portrait and signature, both stored in a permanent database, to easily verify identification;
- lamination, with a tamper resistant coating and holographic designs;
- machine-readable barcodes for law enforcement purposes; and
- applicable class, endorsements, and restrictions printed on back of the card
Current licenses and ID cards would remain valid till its expiration date. New designs can be viewed here: http://www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/dlcards.htm
boojee beads, stylish workplace accessories design company introduces a new lineup of ID badge holders for workplace as well as conferencing events. While ID badge accessories aren’t cheap here (conference credential sets start at $10 each) there seems to be market for these kind of personalization accessories. The company was founded by pediatric nurse in Cincinnati, OH, Lisa Harrington, bored of wearing shoe lace style lanyards. The brilliant idea let to family operated business.
More at http://www.boojeebeads.com
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