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Re: Florida Drivers Permits and a Hello
>What possible value could the LEAs get by having your thumbprint digitally
>encoded on your driver's license? It's not like the average cop-on-the-beat
>is qualified to lift a fingerprint and compare it. Even if he was, how
>does it benefit that the fingerprint is on the license?
Here it is possible to walk into a suitably equipped police station, put your
fingertips on a sensor pad and a few seconds, if records exist, have the appear
on the computer screen. Extrapolating this it isnt a big step for a patrol
car, already equipped with a packet radio link to HQ and a data terminal,
scan in your fingerprint and check it. If the system was offline they could
easily take your rpint and compare it to that on your license. It's just a
little more proof that the license is linked to you.
The above opinions are rumoured to be mine.