State considers RFID chips for driver’s licenses

April 4th, 2011 by Staff

LEE COUNTY, FL -An amendment to a Senate bill is working its way through Florida Senate committees that would require an “electronic authentication” to be added to Florida drivers’ licenses.

Right now, drivers’ licenses have all the information on the back strip. But to access it, it has to be swiped. The amendment would place Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips in the license, which could compromise the security of your identity.

Security expert Walk Augustinowicz breaks down the bill.

“There are other states with RFID in their drivers’ licenses, Vermont, New York, Michigan, Washington state,” he says.

He goes on to say these states started using the RFID chips as a way to ensure licenses couldn’t be duplicated.

However, he explains how easy it is to steal the card’s card information in less than a second if you’re in the range of an RFID reader.

“It’s not something to be taken lightly,” he says. “anything once you put a radio chip in it, you need to have physcial protection. There’s always a hacker that’s going to figure a way around it.”

While this is the same technology that could be put in your driver’s license, Walt says some states provide people with a security sleeve that protects licenses from being scanned.

Currently, the bill has not been passed. It must still clear several hurdles before being presented to the governor.

One Response

  1. jeffrey snyder

    no RFID chips!!!!

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