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BMV adds new program to quell identity theft

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

At the turn of the new year, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will be doing more to protect against identity theft.

The SecureID program is part of the BMV's effort to fully comply with the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, along with state and federal regulations.

It will be a requirement for anyone applying for a new Indiana driver's license, permit or identification card, which will all be mailed from a secure, government-run location to the customer's home address following an extensive verification process of the documents.

When applying for a license, permit or identification card, the normal process will remain the same when it comes to getting a photo, taking any required tests, providing documents and paying fees. However, rather than receiving the license or permit over the counter, an interim license or permit will be provided while document verification is being processed and the permanent document should arrive at a resident's respective address within 10 days. Also, unless the application date for an ID card within 30 days of an election -- as it is an acceptable voting identification requirement -- an interim ID card will not be provided.

The move to utilize SecureID is the latest attempt in recent years to increase the security and integrity of driver's licenses and ID cards in order to reduce the risk of identity theft.

Among these changes include:

* June 2007 -- Adding advanced imbedded security features on new driver's licenses and ID cards and BMV branches began electronically imaging all customer documents to assist law enforcement agencies with fraud investigations,

* November 2007 -- Implemented Social Security Online Verification to check Social Security Numbers against the national database, and more than 19,000 credentials have been invalidated because the information could not be verified, and

* November 2008 -- Activated facial recognition technology to compare current photographs with the complete BMV database to identify possible attempts at identity theft, such as multiple names with the same photo.

The BMV Fraud and Security Enforcement Division receives an average of almost six cases of suspected fraud each day, and between January 2009 and June 2009, 387 of the 1,045 cases investigated have been closed.

For questions or trouble when collecting documents, contact the BMV toll-free at 1-888-692-6841 to speak with a customer service representative, or visit a nearby Indiana license branch for assistance.

For more information about the SecureID program, log on to www.in.gov/bmv/5122.htm.

What you need

The following is a list of documents needed in order to renew, amend or replace a current Indiana driver's license, permit or identification card after Jan. 1, 2010:

* One document proving your identity (birth certificate, passport, etc.), and

* One document proving your Social Security number (Social Security card, W-2 form, 1099 form or pre-printed pay stub), and

* One document proving your lawful status in the United States (birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization issued by the Department of Homeland Security, etc.), and

* Two documents proving your Indiana residency (bank statement, computer-generated bill, voter registration card, etc).

To view a full, printable list of acceptable documents, log on to www.in.gov/bmv/5163.htm.

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