August 20, 2013
Two men are accused of committing multiple felony burglaries at metro area tag agencies. They were after only one thing – the equipment and supplies needed to make Oklahoma driver’s licenses and ID cards. The Secret Service nabbed them.
Wonder why the Secret Service is involved when the charges were filed in Oklahoma County District Court and not federal court.
Apparently 591 customers had their personal information stolen along with the equipment prompting a notice from the Dept. of Public Safety with instructions on how to get a replacement license or state photo ID.
We keep piling on security feature like biometrics to our state driver’s license but the weakest link is the local DMV or tag agencies as the case is in Oklahoma. This sort of crime is happening all over the country. DMV employees are being bribed and license making equipment stolen. All the personal data and high tech security features in the world will not t make the card secure. Instead what it does is make the document a hot commodity for crooks.
Read more from the Edmond Sun who broke the story on August 19th.