The US State of Indiana is to take delivery of a new driver license issuance system in a move designed to prepare for the requirements of the impending Real ID Act. The over-the-counter issuance system will be deployed across the State to process applicants and instantly issue driver licenses. The new system is expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2006.
Digimarc Corporation announced it has been awarded a six-year contract by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to supply the new driver license issuance system, which includes a number of driver license security enhancements.
Joining more than a dozen States across the
Digimarc said it will also deploy the Microsoft .NET version of its driver license issuance. This will provide seamless integration with other State databases and applications, the company claims, establishing a platform that can be extended to incorporate new secure ID applications in support of State or Federal requirements, including the REAL ID Act*.
The Digimarc solution will include:
* The REAL ID Act provisions of Public Law 109-13, an emergency supplemental appropriations bill signed into law on
The REAL ID Act provides States with three years to comply with the provisions of the act. States may opt-out, but if they do their IDs will not be accepted for federal identification purposes, such as use as identification to board an airplane or gain access to federal facilities.
In summary, the law sets out to: