New York City ID has no 2D barcode

NYC Takes Steps Backwards with New ID

At IDScan.net, we get excited about most new ID format releases.  Why? It’s our bread and butter.  The expansion of the identification process to include municipal services is progressive, forward thinking, and leads to all-around efficient and easy data processing.  Don’t like filling out medical info? Us neither, and so we applaud New York City’s attempt to make tedious processes like applying for library cards and passes for museums unneccesary.  Also worth noting is the availability of these new IDs.  Anyone over the age of 14 can apply for one. And the enrollment process is free.

However, as much as the ID’s newly added applications and availability are one step forward, its lack of security and cardholder information is two steps backwards. And not to mention, extremely irresponsible.

Take a look at the new IDNYC at the top of the post.

As you can see the only data capture feature is a 1D barcode.  Those of us in the ID scanning industry know that this sort of data processing became outdated years ago, as the only data it may contain is a single ID number.  This is irresponsible for two very important reasons.

  1. Security. When processing the card there is no way to verify its legitimacy.  When scanning a typical ID, a savvy establishment will always check the front of the card to ensure that it matches the information encoded on the back.  When the back of the card carries no information except a string of numbers, this process becomes useless.  Fraudulent IDs will be virtually undetectable.
  2. Limited Applications.  The IDNYC will not be able to be used for any automated age verification or data entry purposes.  Autofill data entry is impossible if no demographics data is carried on the back of the card.  Bouncers and alcohol/tobacco vendors will have to manually inspect each ID with no ability to check authenticity.

It is important to note that we believe that this program has good intentions, however its current implementation should prove ineffective.  When you receive an IDNYC please be vigilant.  Frauds will be out there.  And they will be harder to detect than ever.

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Iowa Releases New All-Digital ID App

If Iowa’s bold new plans for an all-digital driver’s license app are any indication, soon all personal transactions may be made directly from phone-to-phone.

Iowa transportation officials released a plan last week to offer digital driver’s licenses to Iowans.

According to The Des Moines Register, the free mobile app will be accepted during police traffic stops and at security checkpoints in Iowa’s airports. While the app probably won’t be available until 2016, Iowa would be the first state to offer its people a digital option for their state ID.  Although these new IDs will prove to be convenient, the state will continue to issue traditional plastic driver’s licenses for those who want them.

Following the release of the iPhone payment system Apple Pay in October, a digital license could be another step toward a wallet-less future.

In the past three years, more than 30 US states have begun accepting digital proof of insurance at traffic stops.  Insurance companies such as Geico and esurance now have their own apps to make it simple for drivers to show police officers their proof of insurance.

Passports for countries around the world, while still a paper document, have a digital element. Many now come with an electronic chip containing personal data printed in the passport. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization reports that 100 countries are currently issuing chip-based passports, and most countries have e-passport readers.

At IDscan.net, we support any innovation that takes an otherwise time-consuming process and simplifies it to an easy-to-use, fast, and efficient solution.   Our ID scanning app VeriScan was the first DL scanner for iOS and Android and brought a new level of mobility and simplicity to the ID scanning industry.  It will maintain 100% compatibility even as states transition to these new digital IDs.  We hope to see great things from this new ID medium and will keep you updated every step of the way.

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive California, Connecticut Driver’s Licenses

Undocumented immigrants living in the states will soon be able to obtain a driver’s license under a new program designed to teach the rules of the road to people who likely have been behind the wheel for years anyway.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is expecting thousands of immigrants to begin taking the steps needed to obtain a new state-issued driver’s license or learning permit.

The program, approved by  California and Connecticut legislatures in 2013, officially begins Jan. 2 and could affect tens of thousands of drivers who cannot establish their legal presence in the U.S. or may not have a Social Security number.  Eight states already offer such licenses, according to the DMV. The number will grow to 10 when Connecticut and California begin issuing them in January.

Connecticut officials have been preparing nearly two years for the new program by upgrading outdated Spanish versions of the written test and driver’s manual and creating new tests in French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian. There are also plans to develop a test in Mandarin Chinese. The DMV has also been meeting with immigrant advocacy groups to train them in how to help their clients study the driver’s manual and learn where to take the required eight-hour, safe driving practices course.

“Our goal is to make this work as easily as possible for our undocumented residents who may have been waiting a long time to obtain this credential, which can open many doors for them,” said DMV spokesman William Seymour.

The license will be stamped with the words “not for federal identification.” If immigrants pass the test, there’s a three-month practice driving time before the road test is administered, Seymour said.Some immigrant advocacy groups estimate that as many as 200,000 eligible immigrants live in Connecticut without legal permission, Seymour said.

Participants must bring two forms of identification when they apply for a Drive Only License and two pieces of mail from different sources to prove they’re living in Connecticut.

This news has massive relevance for any industry engaged in the scanning of IDs.  Prior to this decision, citizenship  was often categorized through the possession of a driver’s license.   With this legislation, the ID loses its functionality as proof of residence, but expands its functional coverage to a huge new demographic.  At IDscan.net we will be sure to update you on any advancements in this breaking news and keep you informed throughout.

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5 Steps to ID Verification Compliance

At IDScan.net we take pride in being a one stop source for bars and nightclubs ID verification and scanning needs.  If asking yourself, “Is my ID verification process cutting it?” take note of these 5 steps to ensure that it is.

1.   Contact your state’s regulatory body for guidelines and advice.

In Louisiana we have Alcohol and Tobacco Control.  In Mississippi there is Alcoholic Beverage Control.  These administrative bodies serve the same purpose but have different policies and preferences on how to follow  alcohol and tobacco regulations.  By contacting your state’s policy enforcing group, you ensure that you have the most relevant guidelines and information to help you stay in compliance.

Familiarize yourself and your staff with both federal and state policies towards alcohol and tobacco sales.  Is there a minimum age a client must look to avoid being ID’d?  How do you verify the authenticity of the ID?  Do you need an electronic record of having verified the ID?  How long must you maintain client data proving your customer base was carded and of age?  How do you record underage offenders?  The first step to achieving and maintaining compliance is knowing how to define compliance.

2.    Create specific, achievable practices to follow the regulations and suggestions provided by your regulatory body.

Sit down with your staff and discuss the most effective ways to comply with set alcohol and tobacco sale policies.  How will you deal with invalid ID’s?  What scanners will you implement to verify the authenticity of said IDs?  Where will these scanners be located and who will have training and access to them?  There are more steps to compliance than “look at every ID,” although that is certainly a good place to start.

3.   Find a solution that is both secure and efficient.

While security and effectiveness should be your priority in developing you ID verification system, try to be as efficient as possible.  When your establishment is busy the last thing you want is a cumbersome identification process.   Take the weight off of bartenders and bouncers by implementing an automated electronic system.  Regulations have become stricter, but technology has come a long way since manually inspecting each and every ID.  Take advantage of this and make your verification process as painless as possible.

For a list of recommended scanners and software please see idscan.net/solutions.

4.   Train your staff in best practices for alcohol and tobacco sales.

There are plenty or resources that can be found through regulatory bodies and attorney general offices.

For example the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office released this useful guide that educates managers and staff on best practices for accountability:  http://www.ago.state.ms.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Guide-to-Prevent-Underage-Alcohol-Tobacco-Sales-to-Minors.pdf

Although Mississippi’s laws and policies may not be identical to your state’s, the information contained is still relevant as it explains important overall policies (e.g. how to calm, handle belligerent customers, how to diffuse tense or heated situations).

5.   Be consistent and thorough.

Don’t fall into bad practices such as assuming someone’s of age because the bar is packed.  Incentivize your staff into checking IDs regularly.  Many managers have had success by implementing a rewards program for the confiscation of fake IDs.

A major pitfall many bars and nightclubs experience is the prevalence of the idea that more customers equal more tips.  This unfortunately translates into underage customers also equal more tips.   Make sure that your staff understands the severity of regulatory punishments.  IT DOES NOT PAY TO SERVE MINORS.  Hold your staff accountable.  Otherwise everyone will pay the price.

If you have any questions about the steps listed above, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We’ve been helping businesses implement and execute ID verification programs for over ten years.  We’ll help you take the steps necessary as well.