Fake driver’s licenses are a huge problem for the auto insurance industry. A person goes to a local insurance agent, makes a deposit and provides a copy of a driver license and they have auto insurance. Underwriting departments are not equip to verify a foreign driver license by just reviewing a copy or actually inspecting the license. Foreign vendors sell high quality counterfeit driver licenses that are nearly impossible to determine they are fake by merely inspecting them. Research needs to be done on the local level at the DMV of the country the license was allegedly issued from.
However, since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, fake driver’s licenses are key tool used by terrorist.
Consider the following that was recently posted on the PRNewswire on September 11, 2013:
In April 2013, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev killed three and injured more than 260 runners and bystanders by detonating improvised explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan’s Amazon.com wish list included four books about how to counterfeit driver’s licenses.
In November 2012, foreign student Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was convicted in Texas for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Aldawsari planned to attack nuclear power plants, reservoirs, dams, and New York City streets during rush hour. His “important steps” included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate to apply for a U.S. Passport and then obtain multiple valid driver’s licenses. Aldawsari lacked only a single chemical to complete his explosives before he was arrested by the FBI.
In July of 2012, a bombing on a tour bus in Bulgaria killed seven. The suspected bombers carried two fraudulent Michigan driver’s licenses manufactured by a printer in Beirut who reportedly supplies IDs for Hezbollah members. Both licenses contain discrepancies that would have been obvious on any inspection.
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