SACRAMENTO, Calif. , Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brian Zimmer , President of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License, today delivered to the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over 2000 petitions. The petitions are from California citizens who support the state's continuing effort to comply with federal regulations setting minimum standards for driver's license issuance.
Mr. Zimmer cited the recommendation in the 9/11 Commission report: "[t]he federal government should set standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification, such as drivers' licenses. Fraud in identification documents is no longer just a problem of theft."
He stated: "The 9/11 Commission recognized driver's licenses are used more often for verifying a person's identity than for proving eligibility to operate a motor vehicle. As such, criminals and terrorists alike will continue to exploit weaknesses in the drivers' license issuance process until states close the loopholes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established minimum standards for drivers' licenses and state-issued identification documents, and all states need to comply with eighteen interim benchmark rules by January, 2010."
Mr. Zimmer noted widespread public support for this law, stating, "These petitions demonstrate grassroots support for planned security improvements in California's Department of Motor Vehicles. California's DMV has made progress in closing security loopholes, and the state legislature needs to continue its commitment to meet federal standards."
CSDL is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) educational, crime prevention public charity based in Washington, D.C. Our activities include producing factual information addressing public safety and fraud prevention benefits of stronger identity authentication procedures and the issuance of counterfeit proof identity documents. CSDL undertakes research projects addressing best practices for DMVs, fraud detection and prosecution and related identity management topics. Please visit our website for additional information at www.secure-license.org.
SOURCE Coalition for a Secure Driver's License