RESEARCH PAPERS

About Face: Facial Recognition Technology to Protect Your Identity - More than thirty-five state Driver’s License Agencies use facial recognition technology to confirm, that an applicant is who he or she claims. This document explains the process and how the technology can help identify criminal imposters who may try to assume your identity to obtain a driver’s license.

Public Law 109-13: Establishing Minimum Standards for State Motor Vehicle Agencies - Public law 109-13 became effective on May 11, 2008, when implementing regulations became final. The law, known as the REAL ID Act, was a direct result of the 9/11 Commission’s findings and was passed by Congress in 2005. PL 109-13 addresses driver’s license and ID fraud by setting specific requirements for the states to voluntarily comply.

Preventing Imposter Voter Fraud – As more states consider mandatory photo identification for voting, reliable driver’s licenses and state issued IDs become increasingly important. REAL ID security benchmarks help state Driver’s License Agencies implement cutting-edge procedures and technology that protect the integrity of IDs used for voting.

Societal Costs of Fake IDs: Federal law requires states to enforce laws that prohibit persons under 21 from drinking alcohol, yet counterfeit IDs in the college environment have been largely treated by society as a minor juvenile offense. This document looks at the consequences of obtaining or using a counterfeit or other person's identification to consume alcohol while underage.

Counterfeit IDs: A National Security, Public Safety Threat - Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit driver's licenses and ID cards are in circulation in the United States. Most are being produced and sold from overseas. This document looks at counterfeit IDs through the lens of national security and public safety and what steps can be taken to reduce the threat of counterfeit IDs. 

Off the Cuff Identification? – This law enforcement document directed at U.S. sheriff departments explains how REAL ID compliant identification aids in correctly identifying criminals during an arrest. 

Preventing fraudulent passport applications: Secure driver's licenses are key - The United States Passport is a near universally accepted travel document that is intended to prove both the identity oft he bearer and his or her U.S. citizenship. This document analyses how U.S. Passports are often used fraudulently in connection with crimes, including narcotics trafficking, alien smuggling, and terrorism. 

CSDL/KIDS also produces four quarterly newsletters each year. Securing American Identities contains analysis, commentary and information regarding counterfeit and fraudulently obtained IDs. The newsletter also has program information about how CSDL/KIDS is helping to protect Americans from identity fraud and other public safety issues. Copies of Securing American Identities are free to CSDL/KIDS members.

Terrorism & Driver’s Licenses – A twelve-page explanation of how terrorists have used counterfeit and fraudulently obtained driver’s licenses in planning and perpetrating attacks worldwide.  This document also shows how US authorities have foiled other attacks thanks to driver’s license records and tough state identity requirements.

Each year, the Coalition For a Secure Driver's License / Keeping IDentities Safe produces numerous research papers for policymakers and the public. Below are sample covers from some these research papers. Contract CSDL/KIDS by calling (202) -312-1540 or e-mail info@secure-license.org for more information about the full list or how to obtain a copy. CSDL/KIDS research papers are free to members.

Protecting Children from Identity Theft – This analysis presents the growing problem of child identity theft.  Children are increasingly the prime targets for identity thieves who seek pristine driving and credit records as well as greater opportunities for employment. According to a recent study, 140,000 identity frauds are perpetrated on children each year.