Intended to help prevent identity theft, a new
law deletes the requirement that a Social
Security number appear on the front of commercial driver’s licenses obtained in
driver’s licenses still must include a Social Security number.
Commercial drivers can request duplicate licenses, without the Social
The state’s Legislature passed the law in its special session last
month, and Gov. Bob Riley signed it into law early this month.
The new state law, previously HB7, also prohibits accident reports from
including a driver’s Social Security number.
public safety director, Col. Mike Coppage, said his agency requested the change
in response to increasing public concern about identity theft.
“Removing this requirement from a crash report will make it more
difficult to acquire personal information for fraudulent purposes,” Coppage
said in a written statement.
To help prevent identity theft, authorities
warn consumers should look out for their own interests by reading their credit
card statements, reviewing their credit report once a year, and destroying
unwanted credit card offers.
If you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you are encouraged
to file a police report and a complaint with the state attorney general’s