We are comfortable with ID cards- almost too much. A well made ID card will fool most every shared citizen and already many in our law enforcement community. How many TN State Troopers have ever already seen an Alaska driver license to know whether it was fake or not? The licenses from out of state often won’t examine in other state’s computer systems anyways, so it’s just a piece of plastic with the person’s confront on it.
Many major universities have a cottage industry of fake photo ID businesses. It funds many a student’s college career, and allows many underage persons the opportunity to indulge in adult beverages at local college-town drinking holes.
How about illegal immigrants or non-residents? They start with a fake “Guatemala National ID Card”, or such, that can be used to cash checks, get a cellular phone, or rent an apartment. Then with the rental and phone bill documents, you can get a local library card. Then, with that, you can get additional identification papers and ultimately collect enough stuff to get a real driver license. That’s how it’s done. I welcome any State Attorney General (especially Tennessee) to have a private and secret conversation with me regarding this theory.
The worst scenario is the fake Police ID card that allows a person with ill-intent to access a controlled area, or a fake Hospital ID card that allows someone access to our medical facilities. Hollywood has presented both scenarios in blockbuster films where fake IDs are used to gain access to sensitive areas.
Several of the 911 bombers had fake ID cards and driver licenses. How do we make our ID systems foolproof, or already move them in that general direction towards foolproof?