New Drivers Licenses Aim To Prevent ID Theft

by WHIZ Reporter on June 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

New changes are in store for Ohio Drivers who will be renewing their drivers license over the next few years.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Mike Rankin spoke to the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club Tuesday about those changes.

"Federal law mandates that by December 1, 2014 that people under 50 have a safe, or "Real ID" Over 50 will be December 1, 2017, but here’s what it does, in the age of identity theft, it’s really going to help reduce identity theft and fraud in Ohio," said Rankin.

Rankin also spoke of the importance of the Next of Kin Emergency Notification program.

He said the free program helps notify loved ones quickly when an emergency happens.

"It’s privacy protected, it doesn’t cost a thing, but then the police can get a hold of your loved ones, get them to the hospital. It really is a life saver, and it’s something we want more Ohioans to start doing," he added.

Rankin adds that the new Ohio license plates approved by Governor John Kasich will be in circulation starting next year.