Revenue Department Defends License Data Use

5 years 8 months 19 hours ago Wednesday, April 10 2013 Apr 10, 2013 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:20:00 PM CDT April 10, 2013 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Controversy over the state's use of drivers' license data came to a head Wednesday as a Senate committee questioned Department of Revenue officials.

Much of Wednesday morning's discussion centered around a letter from December 12, obtained by the Senate through a subpoena, from then-department director Alana Barragan-Scott to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. KOMU 8 News obtained a copy of the letter from the office of Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia. The letter includes several pages marked "REAL ID Act of 2005-Benchmark Checklist," which purport to show the department's progress in meeting a series of criteria established by the federal 2005 REAL ID Act, which requires states to ask for several official documents to confirm someone's identity every time they apply for a state-issued ID such as a driver's license. The checklist purports to show Missouri is in full or partial compliance with all of the provisions specified by the REAL ID Act. A number of states including Missouri have passed laws barring their licensing agencies from complying with the act.

Department of Revenue leaders told the Senate Appropriations Committee the agency is not trying to comply with the REAL ID Act. Jackie Bemboom, the director of the agency's Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Division, said the department was trying to show the Department of Homeland Security how Missouri was securing drivers' license data. She said the agency does not want Missourians to be denied access to airline flights because their state is not REAL ID compliant.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said he wasn't convinced the agency was not trying to comply with REAL ID. He said the larger issue is that the Department of Revenue may be violating Missourians' right to privacy. During the hearing, Schaefer accused the Department of Revenue officials of ducking his committee's questions.

"In my opinion, your DMV budget is at zero. Zero," Schaefer said.

Under the new procedures, Department of Revenue representatives told the committee, everyone must provide a birth certificate, proof of residence, such as a utility bill, and a social security number when they apply for a state id. All of these documents are scanned and stored in a central database. In addition, photos are taken of applicants and scanned for data such as facial structure.

John Mollenkamp, the department's executive director, said the new data collection procedure is needed to prevent fraud, citing a case in St. Joseph where an employee took bribes to provide false identity documents to more than 3,500 illegal immigrants. He said sending all of the data to a central clearinghouse adds a layer of protection against potential inside cases of fraud.

Testimony continued during the afternoon, with several committee members asking whether the department has the capability to list everyone in the state who has a concealed-carry endorsement. Bemboom and other representatives said it did. After repeated questioning from Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St Joseph, Bemboom said she believed an Office of Administration employee had told her requests have been made, though she added the agency has turned down all such requests to her knowledge.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Some students are starting to voice their opinions about possible redistricting of a new middle school. CPS... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 8:30:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 people gathered in Jefferson City Monday to learn more about the planned health care... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 8:08:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Nobel Prize winner George P. Smith, a retired professor, says he lives a rather humble life beyond the... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 7:13:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Monday asked the Democratic auditor... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Dr. George Smith was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Monday afternoon in... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:50:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County circuit judge sentenced Miles Leighton Hillegas to seven years in prison Monday for an April... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:15:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Christian Fellowship School is mourning the loss of student Bryce Hill, who was killed in a crash Saturday... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:14:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU assistant professor Pamela Brown said Dr. George P. Smith deserves the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for more... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:06:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Charges have been filed in the fatal shooting of 19-year old Nilez Nichols in Jefferson City. Prosecutors... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 2:20:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The holiday period is a busy time for scams targeting shoppers, according to Michelle Gleba, Regional Director for... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 1:04:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A massive tuba ensemble has smashed a Guinness World Record in Kansas City and spread... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 12:07:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN- University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith officially accepted his portion of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Monday.... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Police arrested Missouri defensive end Tre Williams early Sunday following a reported domestic incident. According to the... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 10:39:00 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Those struggling to afford holiday gifts for their loved ones may still have options. Registration ends today for... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:27:53 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia firefighters responded to a fire at Columbia Crossing Apartments on Towne Drive late Sunday night. Division... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Treacherous driving conditions and canceled flights could keep residents stuck at home for days as a nasty mix... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH – A dog groomer in Osage Beach has made it a mission to train service dogs after she... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 2:08:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — University of Missouri faculty members are raising concerns that the system's move to offer buyouts to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:47:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
1am 28°
2am 28°
3am 27°
4am 27°