SACRAMENTO, Calif- The California's Assembly Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on a bill that would give residents the option of getting a state-issued enhanced drivers license. Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington are issuing these enhanced drivers licenses.
The enhanced IDs are recommended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are embedded with a microchip that can be read from up to 50 meters away.
These new drivers license would also be used to drive across borders between Canada and Mexico. Drivers who have them don't have to bring their passports and can move through border checkpoints more quickly.
Privacy advocates say that there's a dangerous catch: anyone with a simple Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) scanner can read the unique number broadcast by these new IDs, determine if the card's owner is nearby, or even replicate the number to steal the owner's identity.