Keeping IDentities Safe President Brian Zimmer presents Pennsylvania State Representative Ed Neilson with its Recognition Award for Homeland Security Leadership and Public Engagement. Rep. Neilson has fought a long, uphill battle to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the homeland security regulations and is finally making some headway. Click here for the video.
June 21, 2017
State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today was awarded for his efforts on moving Pennsylvania towards enforcement of the federal Real ID Act requirements. The award comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, this week granted Pennsylvania a Real ID enforcement extension through Oct. 10, 2017, which means Pennsylvanians will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date. Neilson said PennDOT estimates Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer's option in 2019. This will allow ample time for people who want a Real ID product to obtain one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020.
"The General Assembly made real strides in May to get Pennsylvania in compliance with the federal law and as a result, the Department of Homeland Security granted us with yet another extension to work towards that compliance," Neilson said. "I am proud to receive the Recognition Award for Homeland Security Leadership and Public Engagement and to have been part of the movement to assure Pennsylvanians would not need to get passports to board a plane or to have access to federal facilities."
Neilson said he had been working since the 2015-2016 session to get legislation passed that would repeal the 2012 state law and require the Department of Transportation and other state agencies to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act.
"Representative Neilson has engaged with state officials, other legislators and the public to move the ball forward on behalf of his constituents and all the residents of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,' said Brian Zimmer, president of Keeping IDentities Safe. 'I earnestly believe that Rep. Neilson was the key initiator of action to remove legislation that was blocking the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's capability to comply."
Keeping IDentities Safe works to raise awareness for states to protect people's driver's licenses and IDs from risk of terrorism and theft.
November 14, 2014
The Coalition for a Secure Driver's License (CSDL) presented the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with an award for Identity Protection. Over twenty employees received certificates of achievement recognizing their significant achievement and contribution in protecting customer's identity and personal information, and preventing identity fraud.The West Virginia DMV has established a secure driver's licensing process which mitigates the risk that criminals will fraudulently obtain a driver's license or state issued identification card under an assumed or fictitious identity. Among the DMV's many efforts to provide robust protections against identity theft and fraud include issuing tamper proof licenses with both overt and covert security features, taking administrative action when an imposter is detected, and conducting background investigations on DMV employees who have access to sensitive personal information.CSDL President, Brian Zimmer, said, "In 2008, a bipartisan legislature came together with the Governor to enact common sense security improvements. The West Virginia DMV leadership then executed a plan that included effective staff training in advance of process changes. The West Virginia DMV engaged in a proactive campaign that kept the public informed, thereby gaining public support. West Virginia is a clear leader in identity management and fraud prevention."
May 22, 2014
Brian Zimmer, President of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License (CSDL), presented two New Mexico government agencies with awards recognizing their work in detecting and preventing fraud on Thursday. The Taxation and Revenue Department's Tax Fraud Investigations Division received CSDL's award for "National Security Excellence," honoring its distinctive accomplishments in fraud investigations and fraud prevention. The award marks the agency's successful investigations leading to prosecutions for driver's license fraud over the past three years. These efforts have led to a measurable reduction in fraud attempts by driver's license applicants, resulting in homeland security benefits within the states and also to other states which accept a New Mexico driver's license under reciprocity. These crime fighting accomplishments also deter multi-national criminal organizations that recognize attempts to fraudulently obtain driver's licenses in New Mexico will likely lead to their detection and arrest.
CSDL also awarded the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for "Fraud Detection Excellence," marking its achievements in fraud detection and counter-fraud measures. The award recognizes the MVD's thorough approach to the verification of documents offered as proof of identity by driver's license applicants. These efforts protect New Mexico residents from crime, protect the government from benefits fraud, and potentially prevent foreign terrorists from obtaining identity documents in New Mexico. Methods employed by the MVD include training front-line employees and supervisors to detect fraudulent documents and consolidating its foreign nationals driver's license program to select offices.
Brian Zimmer said, "I'm pleased to recognize the multi-year team effort by these agencies to thwart the growing problem of identity theft and driver's license fraud derived through driver's licenses processes. It improves the identity management security of all state agencies, with public safety benefits that go beyond highway safety. The diligence of the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department employees in working collaboratively with other agencies to detect and prevent this type of crime is a model to be emulated by driver's license agencies in other states."
April 11, 2013
The Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License (CSDL), a national non-profit crime prevention educational public charity based in Washington, D.C., presented its Document Security Excellence award to the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback attended the ceremony, held yesterday, along with Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Director of Vehicles Donna Shelite who were present to receive the award.
CSDL’s Document Security Excellence award recognizes the Department of Revenue’s enhancements to its driver’s license process including: Ultra-violet image of the cardholder’s portrait and date of birth on the back of the card; multi-colored, highly detailed holograms; a highly detailed ultra-violet image of the state flower; two ghost images of the cardholder’s portrait in addition to the conventional photograph; and tactile printing. These security features make it one of the most secure and difficult to counterfeit driver’s licenses in the country.
“A fraudulent driver’s license or ID card can be the initial building block for more serious crimes,” said Director Shelite.
“Our focus is to ensure that a person pictured on a Kansas driver’s license or ID card is who the card says they are. We are pleased to see our efforts recognized on a national level.”
CSDL also honored eight Department of Revenue members with a special certificate of achievement to commend their hard work. Each personalized certificate is in recognition for tremendous contributions to the Department processes which provide Kansas citizens with an exemplary means of reliable identification.
CSDL President Brian Zimmer said, “Based on this year’s annual assessment of anti-counterfeiting and anti-fraud protections, I’m pleased to make this award and to recognize the important security improvements achieved by the Kansas Department of Revenue.”
“The Department of Revenue’s multi-year team effort has produced a highly secure credential that will benefit Kansas residents for years to come,” he continued.
Kansas is one of nineteen states meeting federal driver’s license security standards issued under Public Law 109-13.