MN Enhanced Drivers License

New MN Enhanced Driver’s License. What is it?

Do you know what an enhanced driver’s license is?

Minnesota is just one of five states that offer an enhanced driver’s license.  This license costs $15 extra and looks very different from the typical license.

What does an enhanced driver’s license get you?  With this license, you can travel between Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas without a passport.  The license itself is a lot more stiff and has the word enhanced on the front with an American flag.

Inside the license is an RFID (radio frequency identification chip) that is used at the border to verify your identity against a federal database.  This is the same type of database that is used for passports.

Our software is programmed to read any type of enhanced ID.  Our parsing engine is the most up to date on the market and reads IDs from all 50 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and all Mexican provinces.  To learn more about our solutions, please visit our solutions page.

Interested in reading RFID chips using a mobile or tablet scanner?  Visit our store page to learn about the newest RFID compatible mobile scanners.

What do you think about the new enhanced IDs being rolled out across the country?  Leave your thoughts below in the comment section.


The rise of Biometrics

The Watchdog from the Dallas Morning News recently pointed out the new imposition of biometrics when renewing a driver’s license.

Previously, biometrics including fingerprints and facial recognition would never be required unless you were convicted of a crime.  Outside of some government occupations that require fingerprints, DMV databases would keep your fingerprints online.

With the constant encroachment on our privacy, is the imposition of new biometrics a good thing?  There is a definite trade off between respecting people’s privacy and enhancing security.  Which are more important to you?

The introduction of biometrics is becoming more and more common for access control, visitor management, and liability claims (read our article about fighting chargebacks).

If biometrics are essential to the security of your business, we recommend you checking out our VeriScan Desktop software.  VeriScan Desktop provides the ability to collect an image of a person’s drivers license, fingerprints, an image of the visitor, and an electronic signature.  It is the perfect solution for those looking for an extra layer of security.

What do you think about biometrics and fingerprinting?  Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

Fake Pennsylvania Drivers License Scan

Fake ID used in an attempt to buy a gun

In Elizabethtown, New York, a man attempted to use a fake ID to purchase a gun.

Kevin Zarbailov already faces a prior felony conviction and attempted to use a fake ID to purchase a gun.  In a second effort, he tried to ask a stranger to go in and buy a gun for him.

The ability to detect fake IDs is extremely important in keeping our streets safe.  To learn more about our available solutions, please visit the Solutions tab on our website.

To read the full story, please visit the Lancaster Online website.

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.

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.


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.