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Virginia Misses Point, Over-reacts

In response to 9 hijackers getting fraudulently issued ID cards from the state DMV, Virginia is considering issuing harder-to-fake ID cards that will broadcast your identity.

As long as the value of an id card keeps going up, the reward for breaking the system will go up as well. If you want to rely on a card for something important, make it single use to prevent the alternate uses from driving fraud.

Newer, smarter, id cards that are checked in more places will simply lead to more issuance fraud, which is what Virginia is trying to address in the first place.