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Georgia studies driver's license on cellphone

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 7:40 AM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 1:04 AM
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ATLANTA — Georgia motorists soon could whip out a cellphone picture of their driver’s license when stopped by police instead of carrying the plastic version.

That could be a plus for people who prefer not to carry a billfold or purse that could be stolen or mar the silhouette of tight jeans. It also recognizes that cellphones soon will be used for purchases, as they already are in other countries, eliminating the need for a pocketful of cash and credit cards.

The Nathan Deal administration is backing Senate Bill 323 in response to public requests. It’s meant to be especially helpful during the wait for the Department of Driver Services to send by mail the traditional, wallet version of a license, according to Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, the sponsor of the bill.

“They are one of our best customer-service state agencies,” said Hill, who used to serve on the department’s board of directors. “They are constantly operating every day and getting feedback from their public.”

Current law already permits use of paper receipts issued by the department. Hill’s bill adds to that an electronic image of the receipt or a cellphone containing a photo of the front and back of the actual license.

“The presentation of such image on an electronic telecommunications device shall not be deemed as consent to access any other information contained on such devise for any other purposes,” the bill states, meaning embarrassing selfies and snarky text messages would remain private.

While the point of the change was the convenience of drivers when awaiting a new, renewed or reinstated license, Hill acknowledges it would work any time.

“When 99 percent of the population is law-abiding citizens, we need to create laws ... that allow for some flexibility for our customers,” he said.

The photos would still be subject to verification by police officers accessing the Georgia Crime Information Center’s database. Since that access is limited to law enforcement, Hill doesn’t see the cellphone pictures serving as identification for bars and restaurants scouting out underage alcohol customers or for voting.

“This is not a provision that would make sense for voting,” he said.

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dizzy dictator
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dizzy dictator 01/31/14 - 09:10 am
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Plastic, please

Just another way to see what's on your cell phone. Nothing to hide, it's just creepy and really none of your business. I will gladly show you my plastic.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/31/14 - 09:35 am
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How do you secure a picture

How do you secure a picture on a cell phone? Don't todays driver licenses have some kind of security markings on them? Is this possible on a cell phone? Couldn't someone just photoshop their picture right over top of your own. Just doesn't seem safe to me.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/31/14 - 10:00 am
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I agree ICL

But as I understand the article, only LE can utilize it; and they have means to cross-check the validity.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/31/14 - 10:03 am
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Some Will Think I am Crazy for this Post

I believe that as everything goes to electronic imaging that it puts us in a place for the mark of the anti-Christ as mentioned in the Bible. Does that mean I am against this measure to make our drivers license accessible on our smart phones? No, not necessarily. This is just another step as with using our phones for banking and purchasing. Eventually, as everything normally cited in the Bible comes true, then we will see that our societies are ripe for a bar-code placed on the forehead or hand. Yeah, I know some will think that this line of thinking is crazy but its not the first time someone thought that. Consider what the people thought as Noah built the Ark when he said the earth would flood with water.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/31/14 - 10:37 am
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My name is Ken Ham and I 100%

My name is Ken Ham and I 100% agree with scoopdedoop.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Ham

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/31/14 - 12:21 pm
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Why would someone criticize

Why would someone criticize scoop? I mean, that IS what is mentioned in the Bible, in a round about way. One thing leads to another, and that's what scoop is talking about.
I go along with it.

Augz79
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Augz79 01/31/14 - 12:46 pm
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Idiots

Voluntarily giving law enforcement your private property without a warrant..........................yeah, that's a good idea.

What's next, self-requested cavity searches?

Graymare
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Graymare 01/31/14 - 05:02 pm
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Typo in title!

Georgia. studies driver's licence on cellphone

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/31/14 - 05:47 pm
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And if the phone is lost or

And if the phone is lost or stolen...?

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 01/31/14 - 07:44 pm
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Thanks Graymare, it's been

Thanks Graymare, it's been fixed.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/31/14 - 08:37 pm
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scoopdedoop64, not so

scoopdedoop64, not so far-fetched. It crossed my mind also. Just keep focus and keep the Main Thing, the main thing.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 01/31/14 - 10:13 pm
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It probably won't be a bar

It probably won't be a bar code. An RFID chip, about the size of a small grain of rice could inserted just under the skin. With the right biocoating, the body would grow into the coating and secure the chip to keep it from moving.

Microchipping your pet uses these chips. The chip contains no battery, but does have a built-in antenna. When a scanner sends a signal, the signal provides just enough power to cause the chip to send a unique number to the scanner.

In a pet's case, this number is linked to a file in a computer that has all of your pet's info, like your name, contact numbers, medical data, etc..

Imagine that that number in your chip links to all of your information, like bank accounts, medical records, licenses, political affiliations, religion, and the list goes on and on.

In the beginning, people will see it as a convenience, then it will become mandatory, and sometime afterwards, you will not be able to buy or sell anything without it.

I've read articles where they are testing similar chips in humans, and there's been talk of using them for ID in the armed forces.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/31/14 - 09:39 pm
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Casting

I'm with you, chips are not that far fetched. I can easily see parents thinking of chipping their children for the same reason people chip their pets. I wouldn't condone it, but people are becoming so willing to exchange security for liberty that nothing would surprise me.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 07:52 am
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The APPLE with a bite mark. The first seduction of mankind?
Unpublished

Think about it. All knowing, all present, all powerful.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/01/14 - 08:25 am
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I don't want a chip

So, does that mean I get to go to jail.....please do this after I'm dead & gone...

mooseye
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mooseye 02/01/14 - 09:54 am
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as soon as this is mainstream

enough, someone will devise a way to read your information by standing next to you. Nothing is safe unless you have physical control over it. And even then, there have always been pickpockets.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 12:21 pm
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I could easily see chipping

I could easily see chipping someone who is severely autistic, someone severely mentally disabled, someone with Alzheimers.

The armed forces is thinking of doing it for identification purposes, in case of wounded soldiers, to help save their lives and identify their bodies if needed.

As for the rest of us doing it, that makes me laugh. Americans wouldn't put up with that for a minute.

Some people worry too much. They are the same "The country is being DESTROYED! We are being RUINED!"

I don't live in "gloom and doom". I can't imaging living that way.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 12:22 pm
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The mark of the Anti-Christ

The mark of the Anti-Christ would be a bar code?

That's an interesting concept, alright.

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