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|Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:27 pm Post subject: Sensenbrenner Recognized for Driver's License/ID Security
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March 14, 2006 (202) 225-5101
Sensenbrenner Recognized for Driver's License/ID Security Efforts
(Washington, DC) -- On March 16, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) will honor Menomonee Falls Representative Jim Sensenbrenner for his role in the passage of federal legislation to strengthen the integrity of state-issued drivers' licenses and identification credentials.
Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced the REAL ID Act, which requires proof of legal residency from people applying for a driver's license. This legislation, which was signed into law by the President last year, is the nation's first piece of federal legislation addressing the inconsistencies and loopholes in states' driver's license administration practices and policies.
"As the experts in driver licensing, the state Departments of Motor Vehicles' (DMVs) administrators have been working for years to ensure a more secure driver's license framework," said Linda Lewis-Pickett, President and CEO of AAMVA. "And as such, the state DMVs stand ready to do their part to implement the driver's license provisions in Chairman Sensenbrenner's legislation."
"I appreciate this recognition by AAMVA," said Sensenbrenner. "In the post 9/11 world that we live in today, possession of a fake driver's license isn't just a question of identity theft, it's a security problem. It makes no sense to issue drivers' licenses to people without verifying that they are who they say they are."
"The assistance of groups like AAMVA in spreading this message is a vital part of the effort, and I encourage them to be persistent until all 50 states come into compliance with this very important and commonsense law," Sensenbrenner concluded.
Founded in 1933, AAMVA is a non-profit educational association devoted to actively and effectively enforcing highway safety and promoting uniformity among North American motor vehicle agencies. Representing chief motor vehicle and law enforcement officials, the association develops uniform programs and practices in the areas of driver licensing, vehicle titling/registration and motor carrier services, among others.