Bills would put computer chips on licenses

| 5/3/2002

Reps. James Moran Jr. (D-VA) and Thomas Davis (R-VA) introduced legislation this week to require 50 states and the District of Columbia to issue driver's licenses with computer chips and identifiers such as thumbprints and digital photographs, The Washington Post reported.

The licenses would be accessible by federal, state and local governments, designated contractors and private users authorized by license holders.

A similar but broader Senate bill has been proposed by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). Both bills provide federal funds to help states set uniform, stricter rules for granting licenses.