The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 May 2003

Oklahoma to get the finger

Starting the first of July, anyone applying for a driver's license in Oklahoma will be required to submit a finger scan (not as messy as a set of prints) to the Department of Public Safety. Governor Henry signed the enabling legislation yesterday, which specifies that a court order is required for anyone outside the DPS to get access to the scanned data.

The July start date means that I'll be one of the first to get this treatment (unless I get a sudden burst of anticrastination and get my license renewed before then); what I really want to know is if the independent tag agencies (an Oklahoma curiosity in which routine licensing tasks are privatized) will be provided with the scanning tools right off the bat, or if I'll have to stand in line at a DPS office.

Posted at 8:45 AM to Soonerland


Aren't you the least bit concerned about the threat to your civil liberties. That sounds like the precursor to a national ID, or fingerprint registry. (My fingerprints are on file with the fed, but I did it voluntarily.)

I'm surprised the democrats aren't in an uproar. After all, wouldn't that make it easier to round up criminals and illegals?

Posted by: Ravenwood at 3:36 PM on 17 May 2003

There's some concern, yes, but the Feds certainly have my prints already — the Army posted me at some MI locations back in the day, for which I had to submit the messy variety as part of the background-check process. My security clearance has long since expired, but I doubt they've thrown out my file.

And the Democrats control the state legislature, albeit by a slender margin. However, this must be weighed against the fact that Oklahoma Democrats tend to be more conservative than, say, New York Republicans.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:49 PM on 17 May 2003