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INDIANAPOLIS – In response to communication from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced changes this week 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 Jan., 1, 2010, will be delayed. 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 ID card. Under the current plan, a customer renewing his or her license could opt for a non-SecureID license, 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 ID card will be required to obtain a SecureID. Beginning Jan. 2, the BMV will offer driver's licenses, driver's permits and identification cards that meet security standards established by the federal Real ID Act. To qualify for a SecureID, a person renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver's license or ID 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. A complete list of acceptable documents is posted at BMV.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 10 business days.
"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 ID card," Miller said.
He 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 ID 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 federal buildings. State election officials confirmed that both SecureID and non-SecureID licenses and ID cards, as well as interim licenses or permits, will be valid identification for voting purposes.