DMV: Keep driver license images off social media

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 06:43:04-05

Passing your driver's test is a big accomplishment but stop posting pictures of your new license on social media.

That's the word from the NYS DMV which is warning drivers of the risk of identity theft from sharing sensitive information on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Posting images of newly-obtained permits and driver licenses has become popular among young adults who are looking to share the accomplishment. The DMV is urging you to keep the information to yourself. "Having your identity stolen and your privacy compromised is not a good way to celebrate getting your drivers license," said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.

According to the Federal Trade Commission six percent of identity theft victims are 19 years old and younger. Posting photos of IDs on social media is one way young adults can get into financial trouble down the road.

If you believe that your identity has been stolen or your private information has been compromised you are asked to file a report with your local law enforcement agency.




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