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Last updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2007
(UNDATED) - 160,000 of Indiana’s licensed drivers have given personal data which don’t match social security records.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has cross-checked all 6.4-million records in its database. Commissioner Ron Stiver says the BMV is unable to match 2.5-percent of them. The BMV has sent warnings to those drivers that their licenses will be invalidated February 1 if they can't resolve the discrepancies before then.
Stiver says many of the mismatches have already been cleared up. The most common problem has been women who got married and changed their last name in one database but not the other. Other drivers may have moved out of state and are letting their Indiana licenses expire.
Stiver says the BMV will not take any further action against drivers who can't validate their information, unless there are "obvious" indicators of fraud, such as multiple driver's licenses for one person. Those cases will be referred to state police.
The BMV's new computer system allows license branches to verify information instantly against the social security database.
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