An audit into the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) discovered that the agency has issued 1,905 driver's licenses to dead people in the state. The report found that 97 percent of those licenses were still active as of January 1, 2018.
The audit warned that many of the "licenses appeared to have been issued to individuals who were attempting to obtain false identification." State Auditor Suzanne Bump said that the RMV's "failure to prevent individuals from obtaining identification under the names of deceased people creates a significant public safety risk to the Commonwealth."
The audit explained that the RMV failed "to properly use databases, such as the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File" to identify people who had passed away.
"Fixing this problem must be a top priority for the RMV. Recent upgrades to the computer systems at the RMV provide it with more tools; now the agency must use them in conjunction with the data sources at its disposal to address this problem" Bump explained.
The RMV blasted the audit in a statement, pushing back against "the false claim that the RMV is issuing licenses to 1900 deceased individuals."
"The Registry of Motor Vehicles rejects the findings in the Auditor’s report, especially the false claim that the RMV is issuing licenses to 1900 deceased individuals who the RMV has verified are alive. This audit is outdated, as it was conducted before the implementation of an entirely new software system which has improved management and tracking capabilities.”
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