License to Nothing

The State Attorney General is going after retailers of fake licenses.

The state is concerned that businesses are cheating people who buy the licenses, said Asst. Atty. Gen. Anne Simmons.

“The international driver’s license is not a valid form of identification,” she said. “It serves no legal purpose.”

The state suit targets Mirella Garcia and her business, called Centro de Apoyo al Inmigrante, which means “Support Center for the Immigrant.” The state seeks financial penalties and an end to the questionable business practices.

This is a growing problem. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people try to use these useless ID cards for all sorts of things, including Airport security checkpoints, only to be turned away.

As the article notes, there is currently a a bill before the state legislature that would outlaw the sale of these fake ID’s, sponsored by State Sen. Brian Kelsey and State Rep. Jeanne Richardson.

In all honesty, I was a little bit skeptical when I saw Kelsey was sponsoring the bill, fearing that there may be some nativist ulterior motive. But after reading the bill I don’t immediately see a problem with the legislation as it exists now.

We’ll be keeping up with the progress of this bill in the coming weeks.

Image Credit Oregon DOJ

4 comments for “License to Nothing

  1. captainkona
    February 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    LOL

    Being the owner of a head shop I tend to see more of these than most would believe.
    I even had some kid come in and show me a passport whit a picture that looked like it came out of a Jr. High yearbook.
    Unfortunately most merchants and employees in business like mine or liquor stores have no training in the identification of falsified documentation. I was a bouncer for a long time way back when and have a lot of experience at it, but these days it's almost impossible to spot professionally made fakes.

    This legislation could actually help unsuspecting merchants by shifting the culpability to those who possess and manufacture fake IDs. I'll have to read it.

    Thanx for the heads up. This kinda stuff is important to industries like mine.

  2. ricardolaponte
    March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Centro de apoyo al Inmigrante, ahora esta en Chattanooga TN bajo el nombre de Oficina Nacional, de esta forma los estafadores burlan a las autroridades.
    Alli puedes obtener una licencia de conducir por solo $120 dollares.

  3. israelortiz
    March 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Dear TENNESSEE GOVERMENT THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT UNITED STATE LAW
    NOW THEY CHANGE THE BUSINESS NAME AND WORK IN CHATANOOGA TN UNDER
    “OFICINA NACIONAL” CAN YOU SEE, THEY DON'T CARE, THEY HAVE NOT RESPECT FOR US CITIZEN, THEY ARE CUBANS.
    LOOK IN CHATANOOGA FOR “OFICINA NACIONAL” AND YOU WILL SEE.
    INTERNATIONAL DRIVER”S LICENSE FOR $120.00 THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO DUE ID CARD AND THEY GUIVE TO MEXICAN IN JUST 15 MINUTE. LOK FOR HISPANISH NEWS PAPER IN CHATANOOGA, AND YOU SEE SAME PEOPLE WITH DIFERENT DENOMINATION.

    OFICINA NACIONAL. IN CHATTANOOGA = CENTROP DE APOYO AL INMIGRANTE.

  4. June 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Now they have associated their services to other locations who have preyed on hispanics to purchase fake IDs. One is located in Dalton, GA by the name of “Servicios Latinos” and the other in Calhoun, GA as “La Union Grocery Store”. These individuals charge $120 and they even say you can apply for car insurance with these fake id’s. How disturbing it is, with these people like Mireya Garcia and Edgar Rincon who rip off their own race and get away with it.

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