The Alabama Department of Public Safety (ADPS) are issuing new chipped driver’s licenses and IDs under the STAR ID initiative that promises to “improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, which, in turn, will help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.”
STAR ID is the Alabama legislature’s response to the REAL-ID Act of 2005 (RIDA) which keeps the state in compliance with federal mandates while maintaining ‘security [and] authentication” of Alabama residents.
By December of 2017, Alabama states that all residents must have their STAR ID; having replaced their current ID and driver’s license.
RIDA is tasked with protecting Americans from terrorism by empowering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies to monitor and profile residents to ensure their authenticity.
Over four distinct phases, the DHS is enforcing state mandatory deadlines for compliance and a courtesy 3 month “warning” period.
The phases of compliance are:
1. Restricted areas for DHS headquarters 2. All federal facilities and nuclear power plants 3. Semi-restricted areas at federal facilities 4. Entry into commercial aircraft
States that have complied with RFID chipped ID cards for residents include: • Alabama • California • District of Columbia • Florida • Hawaii • Illinois • Kansas • Maryland • Nevada • New Mexico • North Carolina • Oregon • Rhode Island • Texas • Virginia • Wisconsin
The Dept. of Defense (DoD) is using biometrics to fight terrorism, catalogue active duty troops and maintain national security interests. The Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA) utilizes biometrics to “identify the enemy” and verify individuals to ensure secure business and governmental functions.
The US Department of State Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) has more than 90 million people’s photographs data based with the continuous use of the Department of Facial Recognition Software.
The DHS Automated Biometric Identification System tracks an estimated 250,000 biometric communications a day. Over 126 million fingerprints, photographs and biographical information are filed for the US government to use at their discretion.