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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Hatch wants limits on driver's license info

Mike Hatch wants limits on the sale of driver's license info by the state. Is this a good idea? Probably, but I don't know how much good this will do. The dissemination of DL numbers is a problem, but guess what? It's easy to calculate your Minnesota DL number from your name and date of birth. So if a criminal had your name, address, and date of birth, there is no need to purchase the state's DL information to get your DL number.

However, since lots of criminals are lazy, making it a bit harder to get this information is a good thing. Limiting it to other state agencies and letter consumers know when their information is being accessed isn't a bad idea, nor is the $5 fee.

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