Oklahoma State Senator Wants to Ban Driver’s License Fingerprinting

January 13, 2009

Oklahoma State Sen. Randy Brogdon is sponsoring a bill to prohibit the state Department of Public Safety from requiring driver’s license applicants to give their fingerprints.

The bill would prevent the state from collecting or keeping “any biometric data in connection with motor vehicle registration or operation or in connection with driver licensing.”

Biometric data would include fingerprints, palm prints, voice data, iris recognition data, retinal scans and DNA.

It would also apply to Social Security numbers.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says the fingerprint requirement is intended to reduce identity theft and is required under a law that took effect in July 2004.

West says the Social Security numbers help in collection of child support.

Information from: Tulsa World, www.tulsaworld.com

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