Dubai national id card deadline extended

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) announced on Saturday that Dubai expatriates will get additional 30 day until June 30th to apply for the id card. This way foreign laborers will be able to avoid 20Dh a day penalties for not getting the document in time.
EIDA admitted it extended the deadline in response to complaints and requests received over the website, mass media and social networking. Still it was pointed out that over 90 percent of the population successfully registered for the identification card no crowds were seen by the typing centers during the days just ahead of previous deadline.
Officials confirmed that coming up with deadlines for applications contributed to increased mobilization of both the nationals and temporary residents. Deadlines announced in September 2011 have been modified a couple of times but not for much depending on the situation.
I give them a credit for how they rolled out the national id card. Such an immense project i pretty short amount of time without significant delays is a notable achievement especially in government administration sector.
The job is far from being over though; integration if the card with government and commercial resources is another challenge for the organization. Since EIDA is one of the world leaders in integrating national identity system with other services there is not much they can learn from others.

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New Hampshire voter id bill

A compromise has been reached on how the voter id law should be implemented in New Hampshire. New legislation requires voters to produce photo identification in order to cast a ballot. The subject of the negotiations was when the law should go into full force.The house initially wanted the new rules to go into force this year which caused Secretary of the State concerns. House also wanted voters without id to be photographed while the Senate pushed for only filing the challenged-voter affidavit.
Under the reached compromise users will be asked but not required to produce photo identification in this fall elections and if missing they would submit a challenged-voter affidavit. Effective September 1 2013 photograph requirement would be added to the affidavit for voters unable to produce an acceptable form of identification.
Also acceptable form of identification list was forged in the agreement. Until Sep 1 2013 the list would include state issued driver’s license, state issued non-driver id card, armed services identification, passport and valid student id card. After September 1 2013 student identification will be dropped from the list.
Many of the states have gone through test or pilot phase before enforcing voter id legislation. After bill passing both chambers of the state legislature it still need to be signed by the Governor John Lynch. It’s worth to note at this point that the same governor vetoed voter id legislation last year.
Liberty and anti discrimination groups namely Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and League of Women Voters have not supported the agreement reached in Congress on the grounds of risk of discrimination of elderly, poor and students who might not have valid form of identification for voting.

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new id card for Virginia veterans

Just after the Veterans Day weekend Governor Bob McDonnell presented a new id card for the veterans living in the state of Virginia. The presentation event took place in McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The Governor himself is a veteran too, he served U.S. Army for over 20 years in active duty and reserve.
The new identification document can be obtained at local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. This is a result of an agreement reached between the DMV and Department of Veterans Services (DVS). The cost is $10. In order to apply a veteran needs to Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (form DD214), Honorable Discharge Certificate (DD 256) or Enlisted Record and Report of Separation (WD AGO) and a valid unexpired Virginia commercial driver’s license, driver’s license, learner’s permit or DMV-issued ID card. Application can also be submitted online, by mail or fax. For more information on how to apply for a VIC go to dmvnow.com/webdoc/citizen/id/vet_id.asp
The new id badge is a great convenience for the veterans who can obtain numerous discounts in stores, car dealerships, museums and many other places. Paper based discharge certificate was very inconvenient to carry on daily basis.
It’s being estimated that over 800,000 veterans live in Virginia. DVS and DMV partnership in this case shows a perfect example of various agencies cooperation where DVS avoided buying expensive card printing infrastructure and was still able to get a convenient form of identification for its members.

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RF custom id card introduced for Texas students

Northside Independent School District board has decided to take advantage of the latest technology to help track students in the school campuses. The pilot program will be introduced in couple of lower attendance schools in the fall this year. The idea got mixed feedback from the parents, while most support idea of improved safety privacy of the students concerns have been raised as well. System allows to monitor student in the campus and school buses only. The cost of a single card is estimated for $15 and parent would responsible for paying that amount in case the child loses the identification tag.

Northside isn’t the first school district to use radio frequency student tracking. Spring and Santa Fe have been using the system for years now. Both districts benefited from the technology or rather its effect on attendance level which resulted in increased funds from the government which is tied by number of factors and attendance level is one of them
It’s certainly beneficial to be able to precisely locate a missing student quickly especially in emergency situation such fire threat but on the other hand would every parent be comfortable with school staff knowing how trips to the bathroom kid make during a day? I wish them the best with improving attendance thank to the radio frequency custom id card system but playing devil’s advocate I want to ask if all other means of increasing attendance have been exhausted, including the ones from schools with high attendance records.

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id theft right in the spotlight

Few people would expect an illegal alien to work on a major international airport hand to hand with Department of Homeland Security officers for 20 years. This however turned out to be the case in Newark Liberty International; Bimbo Oyewole, 54 years old native of Nigeria worked at the airport security since 1992 posing as Jerry Thomas.
Real Jerry Thomas was shot dead near YMCA building in Queens, NY in 1992, same year when Oyewole claimed victim identity and got hired by airport security. During his career he must have performed well as he was promoted to shift supervisor, leading team of over 30 security guards. He also had access to the airport secured areas as this was part of his job credentials.
It may sound unusual that a person illegally present in the country managed to secure a job that requires number of background checks. Remember, this was 1992, way before September 11 terrorist attacks and security measures tightening that followed. Sure he was fingerprinted and drug screened but since murder victim Jerry Thomas finger prints were not in the database anywhere it was impossible to say if Thomas finger prints belong to him or someone else. Nowadays when all US visitors are photographed and fingerprinted at the entry going through finger printing scans might not have been that easy.
Over the years suspect managed to get number of documents posing as Thomas including diver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate and his job badge that allowed him to get to the tarmac and the airplanes

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South Africa smart id card

South Africa is probably one of last highly developed countries to still use paper booklet based personal identification document. This will however change soon as the Department of Home Affairs has recently announce the project to roll out a pilot program on national smart id card that would eventually replace the booklet id. The pilot program 2000 cards would prioritize first time applicants and will be available at no charge. From the technology standpoint it’s a plastic card with barcode and contactless chip, there also security measures that prevent duplication. The microchip would contain encrypted biometric data, including the holder fingerprint. National Identity System that would collect biometric and demographic data would also offer public and private institutions access to verify citizen identity. Fingerprint scanners compatible with the system are expected to cost under $30. Document will also be integrated with public health insurance and health care system. Department of Transport, Social Development and Education. Card is expected to be valid for 10 years. Wait time should be reduced to several days from weeks or sometimes months that green book used to take to be issued.
According to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma all green booklet IDs should be replaced by smart cards by 2014. Election commission announced recently it would be ready to accept new smart cards in the general elections that take place in 2014.

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Sacramento airport updates custom id badge processing

Sacramento County Airport System is the first in the country to introduce a new vendor for security badges processing. Up until last year Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was allowing only one contractor American Association of Airport Executive Transportation Security Clearinghouses to provide security identification solutions to airports. Late last year two more companies were certified for the job L1 and Telos Identity Management Solutions LLC. By getting the new security solution on board airport administration is expecting to speed up the process of issuing custom id badge to various airport employees such as as baggage handlers or maintenance workers as well as outside the airport personell who needs access to the airport premises such as airport store clerks, restaurant staff, contractors etc. It’s estimated that over 3,500 identification cards are issued by the airport every year.
Telos web based system called aviation channeler allows for fast collection of fingerprint data and sends it to TSA for approval. Their performance at the first implementation site will matter a lot for their chance to win more business. Telos is a long time contractor for government (Department of Defense, National Security) as well as private sector. The company was selected in competitive bidding process. Airports are heavily dependent on their security identification providers and timely service is a key to success in the industry with heavy rotation as the aviation is these days.

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Argentina id card gender change available

Argentine Senate has passed gender change bill. According to the new law sex change in any id card must be done upon request. Moreover gender transfer medical procedure including hormone therapy and genital surgery become part of what is it called ‘Obligatory Medical Plan’. This means the medical services related to sex change are under control of the government agencies and rates have to be approved. The bill has been long awaited by people whose physical characteristics don’t match gender identity. Citizens under 18 years of age can also apply for sex change but need parents or legal guardian’s approval, also when parents or legal guardians want to change under age sex they must have his or her consent. Only a judge can overrule lack of juvenile consent for the procedure.
Authorities don’t expect significant rise in demand for the newly offered medical services. Trans sex procedures are difficult, take long time, often painful and irreversible so it’s unlikely that large number of people would apply for them just due to expanded supply base.
Argentina is one of the leaders among transgender friendly countries. In the United States sex cannot be changed on an ID card without going through medical procedures of sex change.

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The Philippines: national id card back on track

Two House of Representatives legislators decided to revive the idea of national identification card. Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara and Camiguin Rep. Pedro Romualdo are trying to pass a bill that would establish a unique lifetime identification number for each citizen and all 18 years and older residents of the country to apply for a national id card. The idea is not new and was tried to be passed by Congress multiple times but eventually always rejected mostly due to concerns of violating individual rights. In order to address these concerns a newly proposed bill emphasizes 2 things. Number one the id card will not be mandatory, only ones who want the document will get it. Number two data collected during the application for the card cannot be used against the applicant in a criminal case. Rep. Bichara was cited saying “Any information given in the system shall be considered as privileged and cannot be used as evidence against the holder in any criminal proceedings,”
Currently number of government agencies such as Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) issue identification cards to its subscribers but it’s estimated that around 60% of the adult population lacks any valid identification.
National id card is expected to consolidate other documents and reduce government services benefit fraud.

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NJ Tru ID changes on hold

We recently wrote about New Jersey joining the Tru-ID compliant club of states. Not so fast said American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and decide to challenge new regulations in the court. The suit was filed in Superior Court in Mercer County last Friday, May the 3rd, just one business day before the regulations going into force. Superior Court Judge Paul Innes had no choice but to restrict Motor Vehicle Commision from requiring new set of documents from applicants for NJ driver’s license and non-driver photo id card. According to ACLU-NJ Legal Director Ed Barocas “The State of New Jersey has infringed upon the rights of every citizen in New Jersey by deciding to radically change our ID system by fiat instead of through the democratic process.” Both sides are scheduled to present their verbal argumentation in court on August 3rd and therefore the regulations are unlikely to go into force till at least that time. NJ MVC officials expressed their surprise that the regulations was questioned that late, literally a day before going into force.
Legislation passed by the Congress in 2005 on the wave of counter terrorist actions commonly known as Real ID has hard time to get through from the very beginning. Many states dragged their feet implementing it, deadlines have been rescheduled. In 2008 as many as 25 states openly refused implementing the law while the Department of Homeland Security admitted in has no way to enforce the states to comply.

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