Starting May 7 2012 New Jersey will be issuing REAL-ID compliant driver’s licenses and state photo id cards. REAL-ID is federal legislation passed by the Congress in 2005 on the wave of 9/11 terrorist attack response legislations. New Jersey will be the 10th state to go REAL-ID compliant. When the rules go into full force people without REAL-ID compliant identification documents will not be able to board a plane or access federal buildings such as airports. Despite the deadline coming fast (second part of 2014) many states are not rushing to implement the new rules. Dragging the feet in these matter is usually explained in 2 ways, cost, which is significant and make it hard sell in the hard economic times and citizen liberties that are in jeopardy according to some commentator opinions. New Jersey spent close to $9 million in upgrades to get compliant and the amount does not include computer upgrades. Department of Homeland Security had to change the deadline 3 times already, currently all states have to go REAL-ID compliant by January 2013.
New and renewed licenses called Tru-ID will be valid twice as long as they are now, the cost of 8 years license will be $48 which is no increase per year than it is now however no 4 year DL option will be available for discounted price. 6 points identity validation schedule would no longer be in force. Instead the documents supporting an application for new driver’s license or renewal must proof Social Security number, legal identity, legal presence in the United States and principal residence. Current documents remain valid until the expiration date.
For more information visit http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/truid.htm
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You would think rich and famous are exempts from identity theft. After all they are famous celebrities that most people know so posing as them might be a bad idea. Notably we wrote about a dude in Brazil who tried to use a fake id card with Jack Nicholson photo on it but that was rather a rare exception than a rule.
Would you bet that Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, worth over $14 billion can become a victim of identity theft? I wouldn’t and I would lose this time. US Army deserter at the time, Brandon Lee Price allegedly managed to change Allen address on the bank account over the phone from Seattle to Pittsburgh and order a debit card replacement. After receiving the card suspect tried to transfer $15k using Western Union, pay Armed Forces Bank loan installment and make some small retail purchases. Citibank that was holding the compromised account detected a fraud and alerted authorities.
Story like many others yet surprising. If you take a longer thought about this you may figure why well known people can actually be more susceptible for identity theft. How hard is it to find Paul Allen date of birth, address, pet name, mother maiden name or high school name he attended? Probably way easier than for most of us.
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Effective July 1 2012 expatriates working in UAE will no longer need labor cards for employment. Emirates Identification Authority (EIDA) issued national id cards will be used to verify employment eligibility instead. All foreitgners have to apply for UAE national photo id card by June 1st for Dubai, April 1st for Abu Dhabi and February 1st for Sharjah; those who don’t obey the rules will be fined. The card for expatriates working in the private sector will be valid for 2 years and will cover family members. The new regulation is expected to makes everyone’s life easier as expatriates won’t have to apply and carry 2 separate documents and employers will have solid identification of the workforce. Elimination of the labor id cards is a part of larger project of integrating and linking many services into the national id card.
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Effective today Wisconsin Department of Transportation starts issuing redesigned driver’s licenses and state photo id cards. New designn is compliant with RealID security requirements as well as recommendations from American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Among security features there is a laminate hologram featuring the state seal and 2 ghost photo images, one color, one grayscale. On the reverse side a Laser-engraved tactile date of birth is printed as well as two scannable barcodes. 1D barcode contains inventory control number while 2D PDF417 barcode holds all printed data from the front. Driver’s license type is printed with different colors font for easier identification: Regular driver license – blue, Commercial driver license – green, Occupational driver license – black, Probationary driver license – red, Identification card – black and Instruction permit – purple. Underage documents carry vertical design so they can be easily distinguished, person turning 18 and 21 years old date is printed in yellow and red background bars respectively directly underneath the photo. New documents are no longer given out to the applicants in the DMV office locations any longer. Instead they will be delivered in mail with 14 days while most would arrive in 3-5 business days which will help verify applicant’s address. Applicants will get paper based temporary licenses valid for 45 day upon completing their applications at a DMV office.
More information and documents samples can be seen at DOT site:
Daniel Wroblewski was arrested yesterday in Wallingon (Bergen County, NJ) and charged with two offenses of counterfeiting government documents which is a second degree crime. 25 years old Polish origin construction worker apparently was running a side business of selling false identification documents. Within a couple of days he was able to obtain various documents to his customers such as state driver’s license, Social Security card, contractor access identification cards for various building and sites, even General Education Diplomas (GEDs) and college diplomas. Fees varied from $200 to $500 depending on the document ordered. His clients would just provide personal data relevant to the document such as names, address, eyes color, height, weight etc and photo, wait couple of days and collect requested documents. Investigation was ran by Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, White Collar Crimes Squad. Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli has not disclosed any information about equipment secured at the defendant site. This let me to speculate if Wroblewski was indeed manufacturer of the documents or just a runner. Some of the documents he offered for sale require fairly sophisticated equipment to produce even if they’re just fakes. For example New Jersey driver’s license and photo id cards are protected by a hologram that is very difficult and expensive to reproduce.
Wroblewski is being held at Bergen County jail at $50,000 bond. He will face the judge today.
Two women got arrested last Friday when trying to make a large credit card purchase in Lodi, Ca based JC Penney department store. The credit card they tried to make a purchase with belonged to an elderly disabled man. Christina Amaya, 29, and Elizabeth Marks, 46, allegedly entered the elderly victim home posing as hospital nurses, they had hospital photo id cards and wore medical staff scrubs. Checking on the man’s welfare was the reason for the visit. After the victim has noticed a missing wallet he immediately notified the police and credit card companies. When the police arrived at the residence one of the credit card companies customer services called to notify that the card was just used at Kohl’s department store nearby. When police arrived at Kohl’s suspects were gone already but another call from credit card company pointed the investigators to JC Penney where the arrest took place. Both women were charged with burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, and felonious use of a credit card. It also turned out that Elizabeth Marks had an existing felony warrant for other deeds. While Marks is currently unemployed Amaya was actually training for secretary unit in a local hospital where nurse id badge might have come from. There is at least one more victim of the 2 suspects reported in Galt. Anyone who believes to be a victim of the suspects or knows someone targeted by the 2 women should contact Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or local police.
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Yesterday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed an election legislation change requiring voters to produce photo identification in order to cast a ballot. Voting result was 104 to 88, pretty much across the partisan lines. The voter id bill was signed by the state Governor Tom Corbett making it the law just few hours later. Although the new rules are already in force they won’t apply to April 24th primary, the first election ran by the new law would be November 6th general election. Provisional ballots would be allowed to those who don’t bring the ID, they would have 6 days to bring the ID and therefore to validate the vote. As in other states which introduced a voter id legislation the citizens who don’t have driver’s license, state issued photo id card can apply for a free state photo identification for the purpose of voting. Just as every state issued identification document state photo id card application requires documents proving identity to be supplied and these are not provided for free. For example reproducing a missing birth certificate might require hiring an attorney which means it won’t be for free. Recent study shows that 99 percent of eligible voters already have a acceptable form of identification. According the polls Pennsylvania residents heavily favor voter id card requirement. Pennsylvania is the 16th state that has introduced photo identification requirement in the election process.
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Yesterday Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) published a report on progress of Emirates national ID card program progress. 178 pages document shows that 2.77 million cards were issued in 2011, over 100% more than a year before when 1.26 million national id cards were printed. With 5.28 million people registered EIDA was able to cover almost 63% of 8.2 million Emirates population. Despite the initial mistakes and delays the agency was able to put the program in full swing. In 2012 EIDA is expected to focus on integration of the national id card with outside the ministry systems. UAE national ID card integrated with many systems such as immigration, health care, public transportation and banking makes the country a leader in modern identification not only among Arab countries but all over the world.
In fact Abu Dhabi will be hosting the 5th ID World Annual EMEA Summit which starts on March 18th. 2 day conference will cover current and future issues of identification, border control, asset tracking, advances in citizen id schemes and transport security. The event has been endorsed by the European Commision and held under the patronage of Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority.
Just yesterday we wrote about Department of Justice denying pre clearance to Texas election law amendment requiring photo identification to cast a ballot. Around the same time a Wisconsin Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess announced his decision on permanently blocking the law that requires voters to produce an eligible form of photo identification upon casting a ballot. While the judge recognized the effort of bringing more integrity to the election process and reduce the fraud risk he also emphasized the risk of voter discrimination which is against the Constitution. Probably the most representative phrase from the 8 page ruling justification document is “Voter fraud is no more poisonous to our democracy than voter suppression,”. Judge decision puts the legislation on a permanent halt after it was put on temporary halt by Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granting temporary injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by a immigration rights group called Voces de la Frontera
Court ruling does not mean the battle over the legislation is over; in fact Indiana voter ID law was suspended in court and then reinstated by a higher instance court. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has already announced he will appeal from the judge decision. It’s unlikely though that the law would be back in force for April 3 Primary elections.
Department of Justice has announced its decision to block Texas election legislation requiring voters to produce photo identification upon casting a ballot. Texas is one the list of the states which have history of violating minority citizens right to vote and therefore requires DOJ pre clearance upon making changes to the election law according to 1965 Voting Rights Act. South Carolina which is in the same boat was denied by DOJ in December 2011 when trying to implement voter id legislation. Unfavorable DOJ decision was expected in Texas case following South Carolina denial and the department was critisized even before announcing the decision on allegations that it takes part in partisan battle. According to the data that Texas supplied upon DOJ request Hispanic voters are highly more likely to lack required photo identification when compared to the rest of the state population. Texas has just under 13 million registered voters and around 2.8 millions are Hispanic which makes the id posession dispropotion significant according to DOJ. Same as South Carolina Texas will most likely to appeal from DOJ decision. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has previously asked federal court to rule in this case. The court is expected to announce the verdict this week.