Driver's license Checkpoint

DUI Checkpoint in Fairfield

There will be a DUI checkpoint today in Fairfield, California.  The exact location is undisclosed, but will take place some time between 8:30pm to 1 am.

Drivers can expect to be stopped and receive a sobriety test if they are believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Any violation will result in an immediate arrest.  If your license is invalid, you can expect to also receive a citation or even have your vehicle impounded.

To learn more, please visit the Crime Beat website.


DUI Checkpoint in Bakersfield

On Friday and Saturday, the Bakersfield Police Department will be conducting DUI checkpoints.

These driver’s license checkpoints are becoming more and more frequent, especially in California.  The goal is to reduce the amount of drunk driving incidents on the roads.  The DUI checkpoints have proved to be a good use of funds for police departments and greatly reduce the risk of driving-impaired accidents.

Funding for these checkpoints are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

To read more, please visit the 23ABCNews website.

martin police department

DUI / Drivers License Checkpoint in San Martin

According to the Martinez Gazette, the Martin Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint today at an undisclosed location between the hours of 7pm and 2:30am.

These types of checkpoints are becoming more and more prevalent across the US.  They have been proven to be an effective way of limiting the number of drug-related car crashes and injuries.  According to national statistics, impaired drivers killed almost 10,000 people last year.

If stopped, expect to have your driver’s license checked.  You may be asked to conduct a sobriety test if they suspect you of driving under the influence.

DUI checkpoints continue to be a valuable process being conducted by more and more departments across the country.  They are cost effective, a strong deterrent for drunk drivers, and help keep people safe.

To read more about the DUI checkpoint, please visit the Martinez News-Gazette website.

New North Dakota License

North Dakota to Redesign its Driver’s License

North Dakota is updating its driver’s license after 10 years.  The new license will have added security features and a new design.

The new license will be issued beginning this week in Bismarck.  The other DMVs will begin issuing the new license in spring and summer.

This redesign will help prevent surge of fake IDs from North Dakota.  Some new features of the ID will be a different background color, improved printing, enhanced laminate, and more.

The redesign will be included for minor driver’s licenses, permits, and ID cards.

To read the full story, please visit the Inforum website.

Driver's License Seizure

Plan would end driver’s license seizure for traffic offenders

In Illinois, drivers will be allowed to keep their driver’s license for minor violations such as rolling through a stop sign or speeding.  The driver must simply sign a waiver promising to show up in court or pay their fine.

This new piece of legislation is nicknamed “Sign and Drive” and will add a high level of convenience for drivers who may need their license for boarding a plane or purchasing age-restricted products.

To read the full story, please visit the Daily Herald website.

Ohio driver's license

Ohio’s REAL ID Driver’s License can be used as a Passport

Ohio has approved legislation that would change its driver’s licenses format to be REAL ID compliant.   The REAL ID act is a result of 9/11 legislation and seeks to create a unified driver’s license format for all states in the US.

One of the major benefits of the REAL ID compliant driver’s license is the ability for it to serve as a passport when traveling to Canada or Mexico by land or sea.  However, many concerns have arisen about REAL ID’s intrusion on states rights.  Individuals would not be required to get a new ID as a result of this legislation.

Other states that have REAL ID compliant licenses include New York, Michigan, Vermont, Washington, and Minnesota.  The new license costs about $50.

To read the full story, please visit the Columbus Dispatch website.

Louisiana Driver's lIcense

REAL ID approved by Louisiana Senate

In Louisiana, legislation was approved to allow local residents to obtain a driver’s license that is compliant with the REAL ID Act.

House Bill 907 will provide the option for Louisiana residents to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or one that does not comply with federal standards.  Several REAL ID opponents worry that the REAL ID Act may lead to additional governmental intrusion into state affairs.

The REAL ID program began following 9/11.  It creates security standards for all drivers’ licenses.   States that don’t implement REAL ID may cause residents to be rejected when using their driver’s license as identification to obtain a boarding pass.

To read the full story, please visit The Advocate website.

ID Fraud

Fake ID Ring Led to $200 million in Fraud

In Staten Island, A man name Khawaja Ikram led an elaborate fake ID scheme that led to $200 million in international credit card fraud.   As a part of the conspiracy, Ikram created over 7,000 false identities to obtain 25,000 credit cards, and charge $200 million in credit card fraud.  The conspiracy spanned over eight countries and 28 states.

The scam included a 3-step process:

  1. The criminals created false identities by manufacturing fake IDs such as drivers’ licenses, pay stubs, tax returns, and social security numbers.
  2. Using a fake ID, they would create credit reports to increase the credit cards’ spending and borrowing power.
  3. Finally, they would spend or borrow as much as they could with false credit history and never repay their debts.

To read the full story, please visit the website.



DUI Checkpoints This Friday

The Corona Police Department will be conducting DUI checkpoints this Friday at an undisclosed location.  The checkpoints will occur from 9pm to 3am.

According to local police officers, these sobriety checkpoints will be conducted more routinely to help prevent alcohol or drug involved crashes.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have been provided the most effective means of DUI enforcement.  The checkpoints have been proven to reduce the number of people killed and injured in crashes by 20%.

DUI checkpoints have also received extensive support by California drivers.  About 90% approve of these checkpoints.  The DUI checkpoints will specifically target locations that have high collision statistics and DUI arrests.

To read more, please visit the Inner Circle Corona Website.

California - Feds reject design of driver's license

Fed rejects California’s design for Immigrant Driver’s License

The US Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design of its driver’s license for illegal immigrants.  According to officials, the design is not distinguishable enough from the official permit that is given to residents.

Although this represents another roadblock for granting illegal immigrants access to basic public benefits, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is unphased.  They plan to make edits to their initial design and move forward from there.

The proposed design that was rejected was different from the typical driver’s license in two ways.  Firstly, it had the initials DP for “driving privilege” instead of DL for “driver’s license”.  Secondly, the back of the ID had a disclaimer that said the license was not usable for federal purposes such as  boarding a plane.

Under the Real ID Act, license are required to have markings “to allow Federal officials to quickly determine whether a license or identification card may be acceptable for official purposes” including “accessing Federal facilities, boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft or entering nuclear power plants.”  The initial design proposed by California did not meet these standards.

To read the full story, please visit the Los Angeles Times website.