While it may be true
that there’s no such thing as a good driver’s license photo, a number of Texas
drivers won’t recognize themselves for a different reason when they receive
their renewed cards in the mail.
It’s not bad
photography that’s at fault this time – it’s a mailing mistake that sent 500 to
600 renewal and replacement licenses to the wrong people.
The Texas Department
of Public Safety – an agency that, ironically, promotes identity theft
protection as one of its primary goals on its Web site – suffered the snafu
after a 30-year-old mailing machine, a machine which had never made such a
massive mailing error, was replaced by a newer, more high-tech model, officials
told the Austin American-Statesman.
All kidding aside,
the mistake could put a number of people’s personal information in jeopardy.
According to the agency’s Web site, a Texas license contains a photograph, full
name, address, signature, eye color, height and birth date.
The card also
contains a DPS-issued identification number – not a social security number – that is used by several other agencies, the Statesman reported.
Texas drivers who
received the wrong licenses should call their local DPS office or the DPS
office in Austin at (512) 424-2600 or (512) 424-2000.