DOT to form advisory committee on license standards

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The U.S. Department of Transportation will establish an advisory committee on how to tighten standards for driver’s licenses and state-issued personal identification cards so they might be used for federal identification purposes.

The committee will include representatives of state offices that issue driver’s licenses or personal ID cards, as well as elected state officials and representatives of the departments of transportation and homeland security.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires national driver’s license standards that mandate what documents can prove a person’s identity, how to verify their authenticity and what information – the cardholder’s name, age, address, gender, digital photo and signature – must be included on every driver’s license regardless of the state.

The secretary of transportation must have the committee’s recommendations by Sept. 17, 2005, and will rule on them by June 17, 2006.

The DOT’s intent to form the committee was announced in the Feb. 23 Federal Register.