New Pennsylvania Driver’s License Design Requires 2D Bar Code ID Scanner Upgrade

Pennsylvania is issuing a new and improved driver’s license design, beginning June 19, 2017. Among other security features, the new PA license design features the removal of a magnetic stripe from the back of the license. For some professionals and officials using ID verification scanners, this is cause for concern. For any businesses that don’t currently have a 2D bar code scanner, they will need to upgrade their equipment in order to be able to read the new license.

In addition to the removal of the magnetic stripe, the new Pennsylvania driver’s license features some other security-enhancing updates, but is still not yet REAL-ID compliant. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) anticipates that a REAL-ID-compliant license will be available in 2019. Some other features on the new license include:

  • Larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait
  • A 2D barcode on the front of the card that contains data unique to the cardholder
  • Laser perforation — The keystone outline with “PA” is embedded into the card and can be seen by holding the card up to a light source
  • Laminate — Each card is laminated with an optically-variable pattern with the state motto, “Virtue, Liberty, Independence;” Keystone outline; and “1787,” the year when the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Pennsylvania.

The old Pennsylvania license:

Old Pennsylvania Driver's License Design

New Pennsylvania driver’s license:

New Pennsylvania Driver's License removes magnetic stripe

By the end of October, 2017, all DMV offices and license renewal centers will have transitioned to the new design, rolling out over the next 4 years as current licenses expire and require renewal. Current license-holders are not required to change their license and may wait until it expires for the upgrade.

More information can be found at PA.gov here.

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AgeVisor POS Software Update – New User Interface and Networking Interface

AgeVisor POS Software Update

Our AgeVisor POS ID verification system has been updated with a new user interface, closer to our popular AgeVisor Touch countertop ID Scanner, plus a networking interface to our IDVisor Sync ID Scanner networking software. You can see the screenshot below for the new user interface.

AgeVisor POS Software Update

For more information about Tokenworks’ AgeVisor POS ID Scanner, click here.

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6,500 Swipes and Counting – Our New Robotic Arm Tests the AgeVisor Touch

Ever wonder how we test our ID scanners to make sure they keep swiping after 100, 500, 10,000 swipes? In this brief video, you can have a look at our robotic arm swiping an ID card through our AgeVisor Touch scanners, racking up the swipe counts and ensuring all is storing and running properly. The robotic arm runs continuously to helps ensure that our ID scanners run reliably over the long term. Watch below:

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Where’s the District of Columbia? DC License Recognizes Cause for Confusion

Washington D.C. drivers have been detained at airports, sports games, even liquor stores, for years. Does DC have an underage drinking problem? Nope. It turns out people outside of DC just have no idea that “District of Columbia” is a real place in the United States.

According to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, licenses in D.C. will be changing from saying “District of Columbia” to “Washington D.C.” across the top starting in June, in order to help eliminate the confusiong.

The old D.C. license:

Washington DC Driver's License Name Change

Officials have decided specifying “Washington D.C.” should remove any margin for error and allow DC license-holders to return to life sans questioning.

License-holders with the current “District of Columbia” driver’s licenses won’t need to rush to their local DMV any time soon. The licenses will remain valid until they expire, with new licenses using “Washington D.C.” being rolled out starting in June. This unfortunately leaves current DC license holders vulnerable to continued questioning and detainment by those who don’t actually know what or where the District of Columbia is. Perhaps with the roll-out of the new licenses, there should also come a U.S. geography brochure!

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Hawaii – ID Scanning Law

On June 28, 2012 – Hawaii passed a law regulating how IDs are scanned.  Hawaii allows scanning ID and collecting data from drivers licenses and ID cards for certain defined purposes.  Below is a copy of the bill which we believe was passed into law.  The author is not a lawyer and readers are urged to seek legal counsel before acting on this information.

This new law protects privacy by banning private businesses from scanning IDs and collecting data except for certain purposes.  Before this law, there was almost no restriction of scanning or use of scanned data.  Below is the bill followed by some FAQs

Read the text of the bill:

THE SENATE 2419

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012  S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII H.D. 3  C.D. 1

A BILL FOR AN ACT  – RELATING TO PERSONAL INFORMATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1.  Chapter 487J, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     “§487J‑    Unlawful use of Hawaii identification card or driver’s license.  (a)  No business may scan the machine-readable zone of an individual’s Hawaii identification card or driver’s license, except for the following purposes:

(1)  To verify authenticity of the identification card or driver’s license or to verify the identity of the individual if the individual pays for goods or services with a method other than cash, returns an item, or requests a refund or an exchange;

(2)  To verify the individual’s age when providing age-restricted goods or services to the individual if there is a reasonable doubt of the individual having reached eighteen years of age or older;

(3)  To prevent fraud or other criminal activity if the individual returns an item or requests a refund or an exchange and the business uses a fraud prevention service company or system.  Information collected by scanning an individual’s Hawaii identification card or driver’s license pursuant to this subsection shall be limited to the following information from the individual:

(A)  Name;

(B)  Address;

(C)  Date of Birth; and

(D)  Driver’s license number or identification card number;

(4)  To establish or maintain a contractual relationship.  Information collected by scanning the individual’s Hawaii identification card or driver’s license pursuant to this subsection shall be limited to the following information from the individual:

(A)  Name;

(B)  Address;

(C)  Date of birth; and

(D)  Driver’s license number or identification card number;

(5)  To record, retain, or transmit information as required by state or federal law;

(6)  To transmit information to a consumer reporting agency, financial institution, or debt collector to be used as permitted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, or the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; and

(7)  To record, retain, or transmit information by a covered entity governed by the medical privacy and security rules issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Parts 160 and 164 of the Code of Federal Regulations, established pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Availability Act of 1996.

(b)  No business shall retain any information obtained pursuant to subsection (a), except as permitted in subsections (a)(3) through (7).

(c)  No business shall sell or disseminate to a third party any information obtained under this section for any purpose, including marketing, advertising, or promotional activities, except as permitted in subsections (a)(3) through (7).

(d)  A business covered under this section shall make reasonable efforts, through systems testing and other means, to ensure that the requirements of this chapter are met.

(e)  Any waiver of a provision of this section is contrary to public policy and is void and unenforceable.

(f)  For purposes of this section:

“Consumer reporting agency” shall have the same meaning as in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, title 15 United States Code section 1681a(f).

“Covered entity” shall have the same meaning as in the security rules issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Parts 160 and 164 of the Code of Federal Regulations, established pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Availability Act of 1996.

“Debt collector” shall have the same meaning as in the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, title 15 United States Code section 1692a.

“Financial institution” shall have the same meaning as in the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, title 15 United States Code section 6809.

SECTION 2.  Section 487J-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

“Scan” or “scanning” means to access the machine-readable zone of an individual’s Hawaii identification card or driver’s license with an electronic device capable of deciphering, in an electronically readable format, information electronically encoded on an individual’s Hawaii identification card or driver’s license.

SECTION 3.  Chapter 487J, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title to read as follows:

“CHAPTER 487J

     [SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER] PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION”

SECTION 4.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

Report Title:

Personal Information; Unlawful Use of Hawaii Identification Card or Driver’s License

Description:

Allows the scanning and retention of personal information contained in a Hawaii identification card or driver’s license for limited purposes only.  (CD1)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What information can a business swipe from my driver’s license or ID card barcode?

A: When permitted, a business may collect ONLY your name, address, date of birth, and license number or ID card number.

Q: When is it legal for a business to scan the barcode on my ID?

A: Hawaii law bans businesses from scanning your driver’s license barcode except in the following cases:

    • There is a reasonable doubt that you are under 18 years of age and you are buying age restricted goods or services, like cigarettes, alcohol, Nicorette gum, mature video games, or cold medicines;
    • You pay for something with a credit or debit card, return an item or request a refund or an exchange and the business wants to verify your identity or the authenticity of your driver’s license;
    • The business is establishing or maintaining a contract with you, like a cell-phone plan contract.

Q: Does the new law prohibit a company from making a photocopy of my ID? 

A: No. The law only restricts the scanning of the barcode information.

Q. Can a business sell my information to a third party?

A. Not under the new law.

Q: Is a business allowed to keep my information or send it to another organization?

A. In most cases, no.  However, a business can retain the information or send it to an outside agency in a few cases:

    • If required by state or federal law
    • for the use of a fraud prevention service company or system
    • To establish or maintain a contractual relationship
    • To transmit information to a consumer reporting agency, financial institution, or debt collector as permitted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, or the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
    • To record, retain, or transmit information by a covered entity governed by the medical privacy and security rules as established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Q. Which stores in Hawaii use driver’s license scanners? 

A. Any store that uses The Retail Equation’s return authorization solutions.If you know of more stores, please tell us! (list as of 7/24/12). The ACLU of Hawaii recently sent a letter to the General Managers of each Hawaii store known to be affected by this new law, ACLU Hawaii Drivers License Scanning.

    • Famous Footwear
    • Victoria’s Secret
    • Finish Line
    • 7-11
    • Best Buy
    • Target
    • Walmart
    • Verizon
    • AT&T

Q: What should I do if I think that my license is being scanned illegally?

A: If you believe that a business is illegally scanning drivers’ licenses, notify the Hawaii State Office of Consumer Protection at http://hawaii.gov/dcca/ocp/.  You can also contact the ACLU of Hawaii http:www.acluhawaii.org.

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IDWedgeBT ID Scanner Software Update to v.3.3 HID Available

We’ve released a software update for our IDWedgeBT portable form filler ID scanner. The software update to version 3.3 HID includes the following features:

  • Change Magnetic Card detection to work with USAA Visa Debit by changing the test on track2 length to >=28
  • Update Parsing to fix Y2K issue for IDs with a date of birth after 2000.

Updates span across three versions of our IDWedgeBT software. More information including download/installation links and instructions can be found below:

IDWedgeBT Application Updater

IDWedgeBT SPP Application Updater

IDWedgeBT Keyboard Application Updater

For product specifics and more information about our IDWedgeBT Portable Form Filler ID Scanners, click here.

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New Hampshire Residents Get New, More Secure Driver’s License and ID Cards

As of January 2, 2017, New Hampshire has rolled out its newly redesigned driver’s licenses and ID cards to residents, sporting both a new aesthetic and more secure features. Among some of the features of the redesigned New Hampshire ID cards– a more colorful background, and depictions of iconic New Hampshire symbols including the purple lilac, a profile of The Old Man of the Mountain, and a silhouette of the state of New Hampshire (seen below).

New NH Driver's License Design - frontNew NH Driver's License Design - back

The REAL ID-compliant features of the new cards add a level of security that ranks New Hampshire among the most advanced in the nation, according to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles. The cards will enable citizens to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings, among other federal ID purposes, whereas non-compliant forms of ID will only work until October 1, 2020.

New Hampshire residents will receive the new design when applying, and current New Hampshire license and ID cardholders will receive the new design when they renew, though they are not required to renew until the expiration date listed on their current ID/license. Existing New Hampshire driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until their expiration.

For more information about the new New Hampshire license and ID card design or to learn more about Real ID compliance, visit NH.gov/dmv.

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IDWedge Version 3.5 Released – IDScanner Software Update

New IDWedge version 3.5 software update:  includes support for M420 barcode scanner. This is the latest update to the industry’s first ID Scanner Auto Form filler, the precursor to IDWedge Pro – which added multiple forms and WCF which makes it ideal for web browsers. You can get the update by following the instructions here.

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TokenWorks Introduces First Point-of-Sale POS Retail ID Scanner with PC-Grade Performance

This is a press release from TokenWorks, originally published on PRWeb here

TokenWorks’ new AgeVisor™ Touch ID Scanner shatters the price-performance barrier with a 7” touch screen display, large storage capacity, and power necessary for businesses serving age sensitive products/services like alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and gaming. Features that set a new benchmark for the age verification industry include talking warnings, intuitive icons, advanced data storage, support/upgrades via WiFi, mounting and stand options.

AgeVisor™ Touch incorporates the power of a personal computer (PC) in a sleek, mountable aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure for an uncomplicated and intuitive ID scanning experience. It scans the machine-readable data on the magnetic stripe or 2D barcode of all North American driver’s licenses and military IDs. It warns operators for underage, expired, reused, or VIP/Banned patrons using human voice warnings and industry specific color-coded icons. AgeVisor™ Touch saves the last 250,000 scans with automatic database management functions while providing a simplified customer relationship management for the end user. Simply unpack, turn it on and start scanning.

“AgeVisor AgeVisor™ is a major milestone in the age verification industry which traditionally has been ID checkers with small monochrome displays, limited data capacity and non-hands free operation. When one compares the AgeVisor™ Touch to those first generation ID Scanners, it is like comparing a Tesla to a Model T.” says Charles Cagliostro, President of TokenWorks. “Human voice warnings make it almost impossible for an employee to mistakenly serve a minor.”

Data captured by AgeVisor™ Touch can be exported to a spreadsheet, from which users can learn about groups of customers (time of visit, frequency of visits, gender breakdown) and create accurate mailing lists. AgeVisor™ software will capture all the standard information found on government issued identification, as well as keep a visit count for each ID. Additionally, customers can be given custom tags (i.e. “VIP” or “banned”), and email addresses and phone numbers can be entered. The aircraft-grade aluminum case requires little to no countertop space. The device can be wall mounted in multiple orientations using pre-drilled holes, or attached to various stand options to accommodate any ID scanning configuration.

For existing customers with IDVisor® Z22 Mobile and Countertop ID Scanners, Tokenworks is offering an upgrade to the AgeVisor™ Touch for $595. This offer is good until 1/30/2017. New AgeVisor™ Touch ID Checkers will retail for $895.00.

About TokenWorks®
Founded in 1998, TokenWorks is a leading and one of the largest providers of portable and desktop ID Scanner products with age verification, lead capture and access control applications. Products offered by TokenWorks can be viewed at http://www.idscanner.com. For more information, call 1-800-574-5034 or visit: http://www.TokenWorks.com; you can also e-mail: sales(at)tokenworks(dot)com

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New Enhanced Arkansas Driver’s License Design Coming October 3

Arkansas drivers and state ID-holders will be getting a security upgrade starting October 3rd as Arkansas rolls out a new REAL ID-compliant driver’s license design. The government-issued initiative will not only protect state residents’ identities but will also be a required security checkpoint when checking in at commercial passenger flights and various federal buildings in 2020.

In the images below, you can see the gold star embedded on the new REAL ID-compliant cards (on the left). This signifies that the individual has a compliant card.

New Enhanced Arkansas Driver's License Design

The new Arkansas driver’s license design will make tampering with existing cards more difficult and will also put further hurdles in place for those creating fake IDs. Arkansas residents can begin acquiring their replacement enhanced license on October 3 at several state revenue offices. Standard licenses and IDs will still be available after this date, but the roll-out will continue as drivers’ licenses expire.

“The intent here is to increase the security of the license and the person carrying it,” Walter Anger, assistant revenue commissioner for the Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration said. “This is a major step in protecting the identity of the individual and ensuring that licenses and ID cards are issued properly and to the right person.”

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