Ohio is set to release a new ID format on January 5th, 2015. This new ID would feature both a magnetic stripe and an updated PDF417 2D Barcode that would include the capacity for several new data elements for specific instances where they are needed.
These new data elements include a field that would signify the card carrier as a health care proxy to act on behalf of another individual if they lose the faculty to do so; a life-sustaining equipment indicator to identify that the card-holder is in medical need of a respirator or similar life-sustaining equipment; an under-16 until field relevant for those possessing intermediate licenses; and many other fields associated with different vehicle jurisdictions.
The release of these new data fields points to a trend of increased collection and monitoring of personal information in state and federal IDs. As our policing and medical practice systems advance our identification systems must follow suit. With the inclusion of these fields, Ohio is taking steps towards automating new processes and systems. We look forward to seeing what states will follow suit.
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