INDIANAPOLIS - In response to communication from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced changes to its SecureID initiative that impacts those renewing driver's licenses or ID cards in 2010.
DHS officials are expected to announce officially that enforcement of the Federal Real ID Act, which is effective January, 1, 2010, will be delayed. Despite renewed support from Secretary Napolitano for the strengthened protections in the Real ID Act, DHS was faced with two challenges. First, new legislation supported by DHS called "PASS ID" that would increase the implementation options for states has stalled in Congress. Second, several states have indicated that they would not achieve material compliance with Real ID benchmarks by January. DHS has now responded to these issues with a blanket extension to allow states more time to implement procedures that will bring them into Real ID compliance.
Andy Miller, BMV Commissioner, noted, "With the implementation of our SecureID program, Indiana will be compliant with the Federal Real ID Act. We have spent the last six months educating Hoosiers on the importance of providing greater protection against identity theft and fraud, and we remain committed to continuing this initiative. We have also worked to ensure that these changes will be delivered with continued high levels of customer service and flexibility."
However, Miller noted that in response to the recent DHS action, the BMV would remove the restrictions on those renewal customers opting for a non-SecureID driver's license or identification card. Under the current plan, a customer renewing his or her credential could opt for a non-SecureID credential, but by federal law the card would have the phrase "Not For Federal Identification" printed on it. Given the recent DHS action, the BMV will not print that phrase on any credentials until DHS enforces the law.
He emphasized that first-time applicants for an Indiana driver's license or identification card will be required to obtain a SecureID.
Miller summarized the BMV's position, "Strengthening the security of Indiana driver's license and ID cards is important, and security enhancements will eventually be enforced under the Federal Real ID Act. Because of this, we will move forward with the SecureID plan and encourage all current card holders to provide the appropriate documentation to obtain a SecureID. By obtaining a SecureID now, they will meet the requirements when the Real ID Act is enforced. However, until DHS implements the important provisions from the 9/11 Commission Report incorporated in the Real ID Act, we will not unduly burden our citizens opting for a non-SecureID."
Beginning on January 2, 2010, the BMV will offer driver's licenses, driver's permits and identification cards that meet security standards established by the federal Real ID Act that was passed in 2005 and based on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
To qualify for a SecureID, a person renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver's license or identification card will be required to prove his or her (a) identity with a birth certificate or passport, (b) Social Security number with an original Social Security card or tax form, (c) legal status, if not an American citizen, and (d) Indiana residency with a utility bill or bank statement. (NOTE: This is a sample of acceptable documents. The complete list of acceptable documents is posted on myBMV.com.)
In addition to the document requirements, the BMV will join 26 other states in issuing driver's licenses and identification cards from a central location. Instead of receiving the permanent credential from the license branch, the customer may receive an interim document. The permanent card will be printed at the BMV central office and mailed to the customer within ten business days.
Miller explained that the documentation and central issuance processes will be major steps in preventing identity theft and fraud for all Hoosiers. The documentation will prove that "you are who you say are," and the central issuance will allow the BMV to complete facial recognition and other security steps before issuing the permanent license or identification card.
Miller added that the Real ID Act and the SecureID regulations allow the BMV to issue a non-SecureID if a renewal customer with a current Indiana driver's license or identification card is unable to provide the documentation or chooses not to apply for a SecureID. Until DHS enforces the law, the non-SecureID will function the same as a SecureID. Following the enforcement date, the non-SecureID may not be valid for federal identification purposes, including use as identification for boarding a commercial aircraft or entering a federal building.
State election officials confirmed that both SecureID and non-SecureID licenses and identification cards, as well as interim licenses or permits issued by the BMV, will be valid identification for voting purposes.
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