Your driver's license may soon have embedded radio chip
POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 10:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:44am
Good move? Or Big Brother? You decide.
TYLER - A new device could allow all of your information to be retrieved from far away with just a click of a button.
Plans for the radio chip are in the proposal stage right now, but its earned support from the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and five states are onboard, including Texas.
Let's take a look back at where and when the proposal for the "enhanced driver's license" started:
It was back in 2005, when the REAL ID Act was signed into law.
In a nutshell, it changed the way citizens sought driver's license.
Under the law, your state license would turn into a federal ID card.
But it didn't work. All 50 states sought extensions, over and over, citing lack of funding.
In January 2008, the federal government put off the REAL ID Act until 2011.
Last month, Napolitano told the Washington Times something must be done to protect our citizens.
She proposes a toned-down version of the REAL ID Act called the "enhanced driver's license."
This is how it works:
Your driver's license would have built in radio chips.
With just a push of a button, authorities can access all your information as you walk or drive by, even if it's in your wallet or inside you purse.
In addition - the "enhanced driver's license" will show holograms and various digital photos of your face to prevent ID theft.
Is this a good idea? Or a way for Big Brother to watch our every move? We want to know! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.