For immediate release: Aug 12, 2009
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Contact: Jane Jankowski
Phone: 317/232-1622

Governor eases compliance for secure driver's licenses, identification cards

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2009) -- Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that Hoosiers will have more flexibility to obtain a federally compliant driver's license or identification card at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) beginning next year. States are required to begin issuing compliant cards in January 2010, and the federal government has mandated that states complete their compliance by the end of 2016.

"We encourage citizens to obtain a SecureID license when it is time to renew, but we're giving everyone the full six-year period in order to maximize convenience. Our BMV is now nationally-recognized for its short visit times and friendly customer service, and we intend to keep it that way," said Daniels.

The BMV announced last month that beginning in January 2010, all Hoosiers who renew, amend, or apply for a new driver's license or ID card would be required to obtain the new, federally compliant license or ID card.

But following customer feedback, the governor decided to make the change optional for current holders of an Indiana driver's license or ID card. To obtain the new compliant card, one must provide documents that verify identity, lawful status, social security number and residency. Or current holders of an Indiana driver's license or ID card may choose to obtain a non-compliant card without presenting the additional documentation.

Without a compliant ID or license, boarding aircraft or entering certain federal buildings will be prohibited; however, the federal government will likely not enforce those restrictions until 2016. Customers can return to the BMV to obtain a compliant card at any time.

There will be no option for new Indiana license and ID customers. They will be required to obtain a federally compliant card and provide documentation of identity, lawful status, social security, and residency documentation beginning in January.

Some Hoosiers also have said they are concerned they will not be able to produce the documents needed for the compliant card; the governor said that in some cases, the BMV will accept alternate documents. For example, some citizens were not issued a birth certificate, so the BMV may accept other documents such as church, hospital or school records.

Daniels said the state will implement centralized issuance of cards beginning in 2010 to reduce fraud and identity theft. The BMV will use its new facial recognition technology to check photos against its entire database to stop individuals from securing multiple driver's licenses and will mail them to customers within 10 days.

Twenty-five other states already have adopted the central issuance procedure or are enacting it this year.

Secure License and ID Facts

Obtaining a secure ID or license

Hoosiers who plan to renew, amend or apply for a new compliant driver's license or identification card beginning in January 2010 are required to present documents that verify their identity, Indiana address, Social Security numbers and legal status. These are the most common documents that meet the requirements:

o   Identity and lawful status- birth certificate or U.S. Passport

o   Social Security - Social Security card, W-2 form, 1099 or another federal government document that shows SSN

o   Indiana residency - two forms such as bank statement, utility bill, credit card statement

o    Alternate documents will be accepted if one cannot secure one of the above. A list of acceptable documents may be found on the BMV Web site at myBMV.IN.gov. For more information, log on to myBMV.com, call 1-888-myBMV-411 or visit a local license branch.

All new customers will be required to obtain a federally compliant card and will be asked to provide documentation of identity, lawful status, social security, and residency.

Obtaining a non-compliant license or ID card

Current holders of Indiana driver's licenses and ID cards who prefer not to secure a federally-compliant license or ID card:

o   May show their old card as they have done in the past

o   Will be issued a new card that includes the language "Not for federal ID purposes."

o   Will sign an affidavit that says the cardholder has been informed and understands that the card may limit their ability to board airplanes and enter federal buildings at some point in the future.

Customers may return to the BMV to obtain a federally-compliant card at any time.

Central Issuance

Next year, the BMV will begin to issue driver's licenses and ID cards through a central issuance process. Such a process will allow the BMV to check photos against the entire database to stop individuals from securing multiple driver's licenses.

o   New cards will be mailed in no more than 10 days, in most cases 3 to 5 days.

o   Extensions or interim licenses will be issued for the interim period and will be valid for voting and driving.

 

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