• Sep 17, 2008

New York has now become the second state in the country to offer RFID-embedded driver's licenses. Following Washington State's lead last year, the radio-frequency identification (aka RFID) licenses will be offered at a $30 premium over the standard driver's license. The benefits of the RFID license include their ability to do double-duty as a driver's license and a U.S. passport for those who frequently enter New York from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean (of course, you will still need a "real" passport to enter the state from other international destinations). Authorities say that only an ID number, no personal info, is stored on the chip. Regardless, as some embedded chips may be read from a distance -- and not necessarily a direct line of site -- authorities in New York will still offer standard licenses for those on the paranoid side... or they can run out and purchase an RFID-blocking wallet. Thanks for the tip, Yash!

[Source: Car Tech, Photo from New York DMV]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just chip the people who don't have any driving skills and sell me some little device that beeps when I approach them!

      KTHXBAI!!1!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they issue the new cards with a protective sleeve so crooks can't scan the card unknowingly to you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i for one am happy that they are still offering a regular one. I really wasnt looking forward to smashing my license when it comes time for renewal (a hammer is the only way to disable them properly without showing you intentionally did it)
        • 6 Years Ago
        the prob with the microwave, at least in passports is it will actually leave a little burn mark on it , which is tampering, which is a fine up to 25 years in jail and a felony on your record.

        sometimes a hammer really is the best tool for the job
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can also put it in the microwave for 5-6 seconds and it will fry the RFID chip without altering the license.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh. The government won't be using this to track people or anything.

      Go ahead Obama supporters, spin this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's coming folks, they are trying to warm us up slowing to the idea of ID chips. In the beginning it will be voluntary. Any bets on how long before it becomes mandatory?

      They will try to tell us how much safer we all will be when the government can track our every move.

      The march towards socialism continues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The other thing that he's not understanding is that the 'domestic spying' issue is BS. The warrentless wiretaps in question were calls that were either to or from a foreign country. If you believe that you have any privacy any time ANY of your communications leave the US, you're sadly mistaken. The second you leave the borders of your home country, you country's laws do not apply.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RFID = Socialism? If the logic you're using for that is sound, we're already almost there. Ever heard of the Patriot Act? The whole spying on american citizens thing? That's exactly the excuse Bush uses- we'll "be safer." And he's allegedly conservative, pro-democracy! I love their excuse, too: "If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?"

        Because it's my god damn right to live without my government breathing down my neck.
      Bighead
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn I just renewed my license yesterday at the NYS DMV.
      stealthebeatles
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't entirely like the thought of being tracked wherever I go. Next thing you know, these will replace I-Pass (or EZ Pass, which I think they use in New York/New Jersey).
        • 6 Years Ago
        @stealthebeatles
        In Florida, we actually have RFID-based transponders for our E-Pass/SunPass system. I still use the regular electronic transponder, as I like to have beeps and confirmation of activity when it happens.

        But for those who are okay with it, all you have to do is stick what looks like a small sticker on your windshield and it works just fine, except obviously you won't have any beeps or lights telling you that it charged since its just a RFID tag and not a full electronic device - just basically a sticker with a RFID chip in it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @stealthebeatles
        I think you're being a little paranoid about that aspect of it. While I do wholeheartedly oppose this because of how easy it would be to ID someone up close, like in a crowd, within 4 or 5 feet, the range on this size of an RFID device simply isn't high enough to replace devices like the EZPass. An EZ Pass is way bigger, in plain view, and has massive readers- this would be in your wallet, thin enough to slip into a normal ID card, and your body would be between the reader and the card. That won't work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i for one am happy that they are still offering a regular one. I really wasnt looking forward to smashing my license when it comes time for renewal (a hammer is the only way to disable them properly without showing you intentionally did it)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't New York one of the states that wants to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't let the government ever chip you.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PpMdTmVMpo
        • 6 Years Ago
        RFID chips...a little gift (pun intended) to you courtesy of your soon to become "Police State of America"!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bet you think we never landed on the moon either.. huh? lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Big Brother says, "I can seeeeeeeee youuuuuuuu."
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