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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Chad Groening (

The head of an organization dedicated to protecting document security is concerned about a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that reveals the risks counterfeit IDs present to national security.

drivers licenseThe GAO investigation was done at the request of two congressional committees -- Ways and Means and Homeland Security -- to find out just how easy it is to obtain a fraudulent driver's license.

Brian Zimmer, president of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License, says the GAO operatives were able to get licenses in the three states they tried.

"GAO investigators applied five times with fictitious information -- and five times they received a driver's license within an hour," Zimmer reports.

"The real scary thing is in two of those states they went to twice with the same individual, and both times he was able to get driver's licenses immediately."

The GAO also found that United States security has been threatened by a large influx of counterfeit foreign IDs.

"There's a flood of Chinese counterfeit driver's licenses for our states, but they're made in China [and] are very high quality and extremely difficult to discern," Zimmer notes.

He concludes the report shows there is much more work to be done to secure the front counters at Department of Motor Vehicles stations.

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