Sen. Mike Haridopolos Files
Secure I.D. Bill --- S486
FLORIDA SENATE AND HOUSE
CO-SPONSORS ARE NEEDED. CALL YOUR FLORIDA
SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO
for telephone numbers.
With the help of a first
draft start from Rosemary Jenks, Director of
Government Relations at NumbersUSA, Sen. Mike
Haridopolos of Melbourne agreed to sponsor
some much needed legislation to eliminate
identity fraud so pervasive in Florida. He
filed the Florida Secure & Verifiable I.D.
Act, S486 on November 12, 2005.
Sen. Haridopolos was instrumental in the past
two legislative sessions to defeat attempts to
allow driver's licenses to illegal aliens, and
to give in-state tuition rates (college
tuition subsidy) to illegally resident
S486 will disallow the acceptance by any state
agency " for the purpose of establishing
identity, as required to obtain a public
benefit, license or permit, any document
except those described....."
Nor is any state agency " charged with
registering individuals to vote....any
document except those described..." a s
1) Valid, unexpired U.S.
passports, immigration documents issued by
the Federal Government, and other
identification documents issued by a
Federal authority and bearing a photograph
of the applicant;
2) Valid, unexpired identification
documents issued by a State or local
authority if; (A) the document bears a
photograph of the applicant, (B) the
issuing State or local authority
statutorily bars issuance of such
identification documents to aliens
unlawfully present in the U.S., or
(C) the State or local authority requires
independent verification of records
provided by the applicant in support of the
3) Valid, unexpired foreign passports, if
such passports include or are accompanied
by proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
This legislation, if passed
substantially as drafted, should eliminate the
Mexican consular card (or any other
government's consular cards) that are
Despite F.B.I. testimony to Congress in June
of 2003 critical of Mexico's consular card,
the Ohio News Network, this past July,
reported that matricula consular IDs are
accepted in 33 states, more than 800 cities
and by 1,200 law enforcement agencies.
The F.B.I. testimony by Steve McCraw, Ass't.
Director of the Office of Intelligence, noted
that the Mexican government has no centralized
database to coordinate the issuance of
consular ID cards so multiple cards can be
issued under the same name, and even the
newest version of the cards can be easily
Two criminal threats arise from using the
consular ID as a 'breeder' document to
establish false identity for multiple types of
crime including alien smuggling.
Sen. Haridopolos is seeking co-sponsors for
the bill in both the Senate and House.
The text of the bill is at:
Senate 0486: Relating to
Verification of Identity.
December 5, 2005