New Federal ID Number-Under the Skin of the Hand?-Fiction!
The U.S. Government is Now Requiring a "Federal ID Number" And It Will be Put Under the Skin of the Hand-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is long narrative by a woman who went through a hassle trying to get a California driver's license after moving there from Alaska. She says she was told by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California that everyone is going to have to have al Federal ID Number which will be implanted under the skin of the left hand and that nothing can be transacted with the government without it. She said she was told that all the hassle she went through getting her license was because of the new requirements for the Federal ID Number. This eRumor started appearing on the Internet in April, 2007.
The most incendiary part of this eRumor is the information about a number being required under the skin of the left hand---and it is false. It hearkens to several other eRumors that have circulated about people being required to have identification chips implanted into their bodies or on their right hands or foreheads, which brings up speculation about Biblical prophecy about "The End Times."
The heart of the eRumor is about the "Federal Tax ID Number." There is no such terminology about individual citizens but there has been legislation passed in the U.S. Congress under what was called the REAL ID act and that sought to establish minimum standards for driver's licenses and identification cards that would be acceptable by Federal Agencies. The legislation prohibits Federal Agencies from accepting IDs for any official purposes that have not been issued based on the requirements of the act, although some states will get extensions and there will be a phasing-in period of 5-years for everything to be working correctly. The Department of Homeland Security says this is not a "National ID Card." It is simply an attempt to establish common standards for states to issue licenses and identication cards. The licenses will be issued from each state, not the Federal government.
Driver's licenses are accepted as legitimate ID at airports, for example, when you show up to board a flight. That means that the issuance of a driver's license should be based on the kind of documentation that will prove that the person who is getting it is really who he or she claims to be. The 9/11 Commission recommended improving the reliability and accuracy of ID documents. The commission report said that for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons and that all but one of the 9/11 hijackers had some kind of identifying document, some by fraud.
Regarding the woman's ordeal in getting her license, it is not hard to understand what she was required to provide. If you come to California from another state, a valid driver's license is accepted as ID for a California license, but not an expired one. If your name has changed, such as through marriage or divorce, you are required to have the documentation of that change in order to either get a license or have a name changed on a license.
The part of the eRumor that says a number will be required under the skin of your left hand may have been prompted by questions about whether some of the states may want to embed what are called RFID devices in the drivers licenses. RIFD stands for "radio frequency identification" and refers to small, inexpensive chips that are increasingly used for a variety of things including identifying products in stores. It's a high-tech electronic substitute for bar codes. An RIFD chip doesn't require a battery and merely needs to be passed near a special device to be read. RIFD devices have also been implanted into animals for identification purposes and there is some use of RIFD devices being implanted in humans for the same reason. That led a big eRumor several years ago about a chip made by Mondex and that it was going to be used by governments to track and control its citizens. For more information about that, CLICK HERE.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
> SEND THIS OUT TO YOUR LISTS. THE BILL HAS BEEN PASSED. IT WAS SLID IN WITH THE KATRINA BILL. THIS BILL WILL HAVE TO GET RESCINDED SOME HOW. >
…………………………………………………………….. > > > > > FEDERAL ID NUMBER > >
I had no idea !!! This was posted in a group I’m in: I need to share with you what happened to me last month. As most of you know, I moved down to California from Alaska just over 2 years ago. I didn’t want to get a California’s drivers license until my Alaska license expired-which it did last month.
> > This is the experience I had: I went online and downloaded the DMV form an my Alaska Drivers license had my photo on it and thought that maybe that would help her out. She waved my AK DL in front of me and stated “California doesn’t recognize this as a Federal ID”!!! I was floored. She told me to return with my birth certificate. I left…angry of course. I went home and ordered my birth certificate from Nevada,. costing me $41.00.
> > Three days later I went back into the DMV (my AKDL was expired at this point). I took the test, passed and was going through the process of obtaining my California license…the clerk then asked me what last name I would be using on my drivers license!!! Incredulously I asked her what on earth is she talking about. She then informed me that the last name on my birth certificate was different than what was on my Alaska drivers license and she didn’t know which name to use! I stared at her with my mouth open in astonishment! I then managed to explain to her that the last name I had been born with was called my “maiden” name, which of course changed when I had married…thus explaining the different last name showing on my Alaska Drivers License. She asked me if I had changed my name back to my maiden name when I divorced and I informed her I hadn’t. She then told me that in order to give me the California Drivers License I had to bring in a certified copy of my marriage certificate to prove my name had indeed been changed from my maiden to married last name! We’re talking about something that happened over 25 years ago!
> > NOW I’m being asked to prove my name had changed! At this point I flipped out and in a very threatening voice told the clerk that I’d come into the DMV three freaking times to get a blasted drivers license and I wasn’t leaving without one. I informed her that I was divorced and didn’t even have a marriage certificate (having gleefully destroyed it along time ago along with my wedding pictures)..I had provided her with more than the required two pieces of identity. I was furious! The clerk’s supervisor was sitting next to her and told the clerk to go ahead and give me the drivers license.
> > At that point they required me to submit my thumbprint to them. I complained about the lack of freedom in this state and asked them why they just didn’t tell everyone that in order to get a drivers license in their state we would need to bring in a suitcase full of ID,s as well as blood and urine samples to go with our thumbprints!! The supervisor then informed me that as of May 2008 that won’t be necessary as every state will require (as per Federal Law) every driver to go to the DMV and obtain a FEDERAL ID number which will be implanted in the hand of the individual!!!! They ACTUALLY told me this at the DMV! Apparently, several years ago the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT tried to get a law passed requiring everyone to receive a FEDERAL ID NUMBER. It was turned down by the citizens of the United States.
> > Well, the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT being the lying, cheating criminals that they are-quietly inserted that law into a bill giving federal funds to the Katrina victims. When that bill passed…so did the requirement to receive a FEDERAL ID NUMBER! According to that (now) law, as of MAY 2008, every driver will be required to go to their local DMV office to obtain a federal ID number. They must take in certified copies of their birth certificates, marriage & divorce certificates and social security card. They will also submit to being finger and/or thumbprinted. They will then receive their new FEDERAL ID NUMBER to be inserted under the skin of their hand. At that time they will then be licensed to drive! If you choose not to participate in this FEDERAL ID program…you will not be able to: DRIVE, TRAVEL ON COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, GO INTO FEDERAL BUILDINGS (that means you can’t defend yourself in Federal Courts if you don’t have a FEDERAL ID number) STEP ONTO FEDERAL LANDS (say goodbye to hiking, camping, rafting, etc….), RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY, RECEIVE ANY FEDERAL FUNDS & BENEFITS, RECEIVE TAX REFUNDS, WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, RECEIVE WAGES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SERVE IN ANY OF THE ARMED FORCES, RECEIVE VA BENEFITS etc…etc…etc… > > Does this LAW affect YOU??? Do you like it? IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THIS LAW You MUST fight this. You have one year to get your representatives to reverse this law. You MUST write all your Congressmen, Senators and Representatives and DEMAND that this “LAW” be reversed. None of us can afford to sit and ignore this law. > > This law effectively takes away our last remaining rights as citizens of this country. When the Federal Government starts to enforce this law…you will NOT have any rights. NONE! You cannot stand on the Constitution as it will be ONLY for those who have received their ID number!!! Don’t believe me??? Call your local DMV and ask them!!!!…. PLEASE PROTECT WHAT LITTLE RIGHTS WE STILL HAVE LEFT…..FIGHT THIS LAW! EVIL PROSPERS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING
> > If we choose not to fight this law…..we DESERVE the government we get.
> > As you can imagine, I left the Auburn, California DMV in shock!!
> > Our government is not for us…it’s against us…
> > PLEASE FIGHT THIS LAW….IT TRAMPLES ON THE FREEDOMS OUR FOREFATHERS DIED FOR… >