The Motor Vehicle Administration has been so defensive about evidence of widespread issuance of bogus driver's licenses that it is in no position to investigate itself. For that reason, we urge Gov. William Donald Schaefer to appoint an independent panel to investigate the situation and ensure that corrective reforms are instituted.
The situation that has been reported in The Sun and ThEvening Sun is extraordinary.
Apparently for years, criminals have had no trouble securing bogus driver's licenses from MVA that they then have used as proof of identity in fraudulent check-cashing schemes and credit card purchases. Never mind that in many cases the criminals' physical and racial characteristics were quite different from those of the stolen licenses' original holders.
We are sick and tired of hearing justifications from MVA officials for this mess. Listen to MVA administrator W. Marshall Rickert, for example: "We don't issue these documents casually. They required two to three forms of identification. I think the system is reasonable and comprehensive. . . It is the best until technology becomes available to provide the potential for tightening up the system."