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ID Theft Risk

By: AP
By: AP

Officials say some 700-thousand Coloradans are in danger of having their identities stolen after they chose to put their Social Security numbers on their drivers' licenses.

A review by The Associated Press found that millions of motorists around the nation have their Social Security numbers on their licenses.

Ari Schwartz -- the Center for Democracy and Technology's deputy director -- says people opted to have the numbers on their licenses during a time when identity theft wasn't a problem. He says some hoped to save time in checkout lines.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Roni White says it will take eight years for some of those licenses to expire.

She says the department has notified all of its offices to stop the practice unless drivers make a fuss about it.

White says motorist can get a new license for a five-dollar fee.


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