Apple has removed a free app from App Store that allows users to easily create counterfeit licenses. Apple’s move come as the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License announced that U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has sent a letter to Apple requesting the removal of the rwo years old app.
In his letter, Senator Casey stated that,
“I believe this application poses a threat to public safety and national security…it can be used in a way that allows criminals to create a new identity, steal someone else’s identity, or permit underage youth to purchase alcohol or tobacco illegally. National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses, yet with a counterfeit license created by the app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration, or even apply for a passport.”
“The counterfeiting of driver’s licenses used as IDs together with counterfeit or stolen credit cards has become epidemic in many U.S. metropolitan areas. The problems get worse during the holiday season, as merchants overwhelmed with crowds of shoppers have limited time to examine driver’s licenses presented by the crooks making purchases with credit cards. It’s entirely possible that some criminals are currently using the application to rip off stores,” stated Brian Zimmer, President of the Coalition for Secure Driver’s License.
The “License” application was created by DriversEd.com for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad allows users to electronically insert any digital photo and the biographic information of their choosing into a template for a driver’s license of a state of their choosing.
The “License” application contains templates for driver’s licenses for all 50 states, many of which are of designs that will be valid for the next several years. The user is then able to send the high quality digital image of the completed template to an email account. From the email attachment, the image can then be printed and laminated, creating a high quality counterfeit driver’s license difficult to discern from one that’s genuine.