Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division receives award for national security excellence 

December 11, 2018

New Mexico Agencies Receive Driver's License Fraud Prevention Awards from the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

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."

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Receives Document Security Excellence Award from the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

September 4, 2018

State Rep. Neilson Receives Award For His Advocacy On Real ID Enforcement In Pennsylvania

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. 


On November 14, Keeping IDentities Safe awarded the Montana Department of Justice's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) with its Public Engagement Excellence Award for the MVD's REAL ID public information campaign and new website,
The award was presented by Brian Zimmer, president of Keeping IDentities Safe,  for "MVD's significant public outreach through 'The Real Me' REAL ID website and creative information campaign." MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia accepted the award during a ceremony at the Attorney General's Office. "The Real Me" campaign is a collaboration between MVD and Montana State University Billings (MSU-Billings) staff and students, which received a separate award from Keeping IDentities Safe for their significant contributions in Billings.

"Our Motor Vehicle Division continually seeks new ways to assist the public with navigating complex information and services, including REAL ID," Attorney General Tim Fox said. "MVD's commitment to finding engaging ways to serve the public by leveraging technology, creativity, and partnerships is an integral part of its customer focus, and I'm delighted with the recognition the MVD team received."

Montana State University - Billings receives award for excellence in its REAL ID campaign

November 13, 2018

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.

The Montana MVD accepting the Public Engagement Excellence Award from Keeping Identities Safe on Nov. 14, 2018. 

On November 13, Keeping IDentities Safe presented an award to a number of Montana State University Billings students and faculty for their roles in creating TV advertisements advising Montanans about the state's new REAL ID driver's licenses. The commercials inform residents of the availability, costs, and benefits of upgrading to a REAL ID license.

"We went with a Lewis and Clark theme because we wanted to evoke the idea that this REAL ID law is really about keeping Montanans safe," said Professor Sarah Keller, one of the award recipients. "It's consistent with our identity of being traditional and safety-bound and patriotic, and it doesn't interfere with individual freedoms."

Montana State University students accepting an award from Keeping Identities Safe on Nov. 13, 2018. for its information campaign 

Keeping IDentities Safe President Brian Zimmer with Ohio BMV staff after presenting them with the Document Security Excellence Award in Columbus, OH on Sept. 4, 2018.

Kansas Department of Revenue Receives Document Security Excellence Award from the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

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.

Write to to see our other awards or to submit a nomination!

Keeping IDentities Safe presented the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) with an award for Document Security Excellence in Columbus, OH on Sept. 4, 2018. The award recognizes innovative card upgrades to the security features and physical attributes to reduce counterfeiting, criminal alteration, and to improve the reliability of card authentication by government and business. 145 BMV employees received certificates of achievement recognizing their individual contributions to improvements which protect identities and personal information, and which prevent identity theft and fraud. The Ohio BMV has established a secure driver 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 BMV's robust protections, this year's improvements include strengthened processes for identity authentication and improved methodology to detect impostors and those attempting identity fraud. Keeping IDentities Safe President Brian Zimmer said, "the security of Ohioans is enhanced by the significant, multi-faceted improvements made to physical card construction and personalization via laser engraving, as well as card issuance refinements implemented by the BMV this year.  Public Safety depends on confirming the identity of driver's license applicants, and Ohio BMV is among the best in the country at that vital task."

The Maryland MVA accepting the National Security Excellence Award from Keeping Identities Safe on Dec. 11, 2018. 

West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Receives Identity Protection Awards from the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

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."

Montana's REAL ID public information campaign receives award for public engagement excellence 

November 14, 2018

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) received the 2018 National Security Excellence Award from Keeping Identities Safe on December 11 for its decade-long commitment to enhancing the security and integrity of the state's driver credentialing system.

At the award event in Glen Burnie, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Rahn said "MDOT MVA is serious about keeping the personal information of the millions of Marylanders that we serve safe and secure."
"We appreciate receiving this recognition of the steps that have been taken to secure Maryland Driver's Licenses and Identification cards, helping to protect Maryland residents from identity theft and fraud.  We are committed to ensuring the documents our customers entrust to us are protected and the documents that we issue are as secure as possible," said Administrator Nizer. Click here for the story.