BEACON HILL BILL TO PROHIBIT BUSINESSES FROM PHOTOCOPYING DRIVER’S LICENSE

By Bob Katzen

The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee held a hearing on a bill that would prohibit businesses from copying and retaining a copy of a customer’s ID including driver’s licenses. The bill was filed by private citizen Richard Tomczyk who testified before the committee and said the bill is designed to reduce the number of incidents in which personal information has been stolen and fraudulently used.

“Since my license has my picture, name, address and date of birth it could easily be used fraudulently,” said Tomczyk. “I’m not opposed to providing my license to be checked by the business or even have them write down my name and license number. I can understand the business might need this info to verify that I am the person requesting the services. However, I am reluctant to allow copies to be made of the actual license.”

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