Department of Motor Vehicles

Controls Over the Issuance of Driver's Licenses and Non-Driver Identifications (Follow-Up Report)

Driver's licenses and non-driver identifications are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles at more than 125 local offices. Proof of identity must be provided by applicants seeking the documents. In audit report 2001-S-12, we examined the controls over the issuance of the documents and determined that they may be issued to applicants who have not stated their true identity. In particular, the social security numbers provided by many applicants did not appear to be valid, and in some instances may have been stolen or fabricated. We recommended that the Department review these questionable transactions to determine whether they were appropriate. We also examined practices at the local offices and found that they did not always take the actions required by the Department to verify the applicant's identity. We further determined that local office requirements could be strengthened and additional actions could be taken by the Department's central office in its efforts to identify invalid social security numbers on file. When we followed up on our audit recommendations, we found that they had, for the most part, been implemented.

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