According to the Star Ledger, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and the Division of Criminal Justice have been working on implementing new ways to detect fake drivers licenses. Technologies such as facial recognition have been used to spot multiple licenses granted to people with different names but the same face!
Here are some of the details released this week:
“One trucker was able to get three commercial driver’s licenses under three names, despite his license being suspended 64 times and his six DUI convictions. Another motorist was able to get a license to drive a bus by using the name of a dead man. Still another was a registered sex offender who got a license to drive tanker trucks under an alias despite his five DUI convictions, and another was an accused sex offender who was able to get a license to drive a truck despite his three DUI convictions.”
The State’s Attorney General noted that 9/11 terrorists had fake licenses issued from other states and that “…detecting people with false licenses, the facial recognition could potentially uncover identity theft, financial fraud or terrorism, in addition to getting unsafe drivers off the road.” He went on to say that “…For someone who’s put his children on the school buses in New Jersey for a long time, when you hear about folks who have multiple DUI convictions, sex offenders who are able to get licenses to operate those school buses — and, quite frankly, licenses to continue to drive on our roads — it certainly is a stark reminder that this the kind of thing that we need to be putting assets in“
All of this reminds us that MVR profiling remains a critical safety tool for many fleets around the country — whether they operate sales cars or tractor trailers (or anything in between).
How do you know if your driver holds multiple licenses or multiple identities?
It’s not something the average employer would be equipped to diagnose, but it is a way for a chronic “bad driver” to get around screening tools — only to be discovered much later by a plaintiff’s attorney following a tragic fatality or other horrendous crash.
The NJ Attorney General summed it up this way; “If you have somebody who has six DUI convictions, they have to be driving under the influence a lot of the time. And for them to be able to continue to get driver’s licenses to operate vehicles by trying to scam the system, it creates a real safety issue for all of us.“
More coverage is available HERE.
In a related article published by Landline Magazine, the following details were added:
- “New Jersey’s license investigation examined all 19 million identities listed in its photo record database to find duplicative photos and identities. The state found 600,000 matches attributed to administrative errors and customer fraud, and suspended 1,800 licenses until customers could re-verify their identities.
- “The investigation has also uncovered 20 to 40 potential fraudulent unemployment cases, 23 fraud cases investigated by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, three potential Medicaid fraud cases, eight fraudulent U.S. passports, five criminal arrests by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and four criminal fraud suspects identified by the Social Security Administration in connection with over $200,000 in suspected fraud.
- “New Jersey now performs a nightly scrub of all new photos submitted at its 39 agencies.”
SafetyFirst works with many larger employers (with 500 or more drivers) to set up pre-hire screening and post hire re-qualification systems including profiling for crash risk, integrated KPI dashboards and data transfers with Human Resource applications. Having pulled more than 40,000 MVRs and being on track to triple that number during 2013, we continue to add employers to our “E-DriverFile” and “My Driver’s Data” platforms. If you have a need to better manage your driver records — from sales fleets to DOT regulated fleets, give us a call!