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.
The 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
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