August 29, 2014

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Ohio drops plans to comply with federal driver’s license rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Citing privacy concerns, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has decided to back off plans to comply with federal driver’s license rules.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday that the state scuttled plans to comply with the Real ID plan approved by the federal Department of Homeland Security. The decision was made about five months ago but never announced publicly.

State officials balked at the “one driver-one license” rule that calls for the use of face-recognition software to determine if an applicant previously was issued a license under another name. The state also opposes a requirement to store and share copies of personal documents, such as birth certificates, said Ohio Department of Public Safety spokesman Joe Andrews. He said officials believe Ohio IDs already are sufficiently secure.

Ohio is among a growing number of states that are refusing to comply with federal standards intended to toughen access to driver’s licenses. It could result in Ohio licenses not being accepted to board airplanes and enter federal buildings.

States generally are complying with the one-license rule. But Ohio officials said privacy concerns were raised about that plan.

“The objection is that it’s not acceptable in many circles in Ohio to do facial recognition on everyone who comes in to get a license,” Andrews told the newspaper.

A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman declined to answer specific questions about Ohio’s decision, saying the agency’s goal is to implement the law “in a measured, fair, and responsible way.”

The American Civil Liberties Union welcomed the state’s decision.

  • Sean Owens

    Great news!

  • Zen Grouch

    **“The objection is that it’s not acceptable in many circles in Ohio to do
    facial recognition on everyone who comes in to get a license,” Andrews
    told the newspaper.**

    Unless you’re a terrorist or a professional criminal, what’s the problem with having your face in a national database?

    • Razorback Twou

      It might have to do with money, Zen. It would cost a hell of a lot of money to put that stuff in all 88 plus locations in Ohio. Lorain county has three offices that I know of. Then you get to pay a couple hundred dollars for your new “recognition” license just because an as$ of a pres. started a Dept. to calm the fears of the public because he was caught flat footed. Don’t get me started on that sh*thead.

      • Zen Grouch

        Whoo Boy!

        I should have know Obama is responsible for the backlash.

        • Razorback Twou

          George W. started this so called Department of Homeland Security. Now they have to come up with stuff like this so they have a reason to have a job.

      • bROWNS77

        Pretty sure the terrorists of 911 had legit papers to be here and I’m positive that if you are wanted for criminal activity, they don’t just issue you a drivers license at the BMV. Next they will start implanting chips in our children like tagged wildlife.

    • tickmeoff

      Wake up and smell the coffee! Have you no imagination. Have you any idea of the costs?

      • Zen Grouch

        If the government already purchased the software I doubt that the cost to the states would be very much.

        Much less than the cost of getting an ID other than a driver’s license so that you can take a plane ride.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Minor setback for big brother. We need a less powerful and invasive government.