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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature

00 Enrolled SR 6                                                                                                           
01 Urging the Alaska division of motor vehicles to advocate for discontinued use of social                                 
02 security numbers as a means of identity verification.                                                                   
03                                         _______________                                                                 
04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE:                                                                                         
05      WHEREAS the Constitution of the State of Alaska recognizes that people of the state                                
06 have a right to privacy and bestows on the Alaska State Legislature the duty to protect that                            
07 right; and                                                                                                              
08      WHEREAS the legislature must balance the privacy rights of Alaskans with their                                     
09 ability to earn a living; and                                                                                           
10      WHEREAS, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, a person must show federally                                               
11 compliant identification to enter federal facilities and to travel by air; and                                          
12      WHEREAS access to military facilities and travel by air are essential to thousands of                              
13 Alaskans who deliver goods to, provide services for, or work on construction projects or in                             
14 schools located on military bases in the state; and                                                                     
15      WHEREAS many Alaskans must travel by air to get to their places of work, including                                 
16 many employees in the mining, fishing, and oil and gas industries; and                                                  
17      WHEREAS, to allow Alaskans to continue using state identification to access                                        
01 military facilities after June 2017 and to travel by air after January 2018, the REAL ID Act of                         
02 requires the state to offer federally compliant identification cards; and                                               
03      WHEREAS the REAL ID Act of 2005 requires each state to provide access to                                           
04 information contained in its motor vehicle database to the other states for the purposes of                             
05 verifying identity and ensuring that a person does not concurrently hold a license in more than                         
06 one state; and                                                                                                          
07      WHEREAS, to satisfy this requirement, the only multi-state verification system that                                
08 meets the standards of the United States Department of Homeland Security is the State-to-                               
09 State Verification Service, which is administered by the American Association of Motor                                  
10 Vehicle Administrators; and                                                                                             
11      WHEREAS the State-to-State Verification Service requires the last five digits of an                                
12 applicant's social security number to be uploaded to the pointer file; and                                              
13      WHEREAS social security numbers contain nine digits, and, for numbers assigned                                     
14 before June 2011, the first three digits correspond to the state in which the number was issued;                        
15 and                                                                                                                     
16      WHEREAS, for those Alaskans who share the first three digits of their social security                              
17 numbers, a data breach in the State-to-State Verification Service would result in the disclosure                        
18 of eight of the nine digits of their social security numbers; and                                                       
19      WHEREAS social security numbers can be used for identity theft, one of the fastest                                 
20 growing crimes in America, and for other fraudulent purposes; and                                                       
21      WHEREAS Alaska is a member of the State-to-State Governance Board for                                              
22 management of the State-to-State Verification Service;                                                                  
23      BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate urges the Alaska division of motor vehicles, as a                                   
24 member of the State-to-State Governance Board, to advocate for the discontinued use of                                  
25 social security numbers by the State-to-State Verification Service as a means of identity                               
26 verification; and be it                                                                                                 
27      FURTHER RESOLVED that, should the efforts to discontinue use of social security                                    
28 numbers by the State-to-State Verification Service be unsuccessful, the Senate urges the                                
29 Alaska division of motor vehicles to advocate for the use of either a nonsequential series of                           
30 digits or fewer digits from a social security number for identity verification; and be it                               
31      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate urges the other members of the State-to-                                          
01 State Governance Board to support the effort to change the social security number data                                  
02 needed to use the State-to-State Verification System in order to protect the citizens of their                          
03 states.                                                                                                                 
04      COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Sheldon Fisher,                                           
05 Commissioner, Department of Administration; Marla Thompson, Director, Department of                                     
06 Administration, division of motor vehicles; the Board of Directors of the American                                      
07 Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; members of the Governance Board of the                                     
08 American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators for the State-to-State Verification                                
09 Service; and members of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State                                     
10 Legislatures.                                                                                                           
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