Governor Nixon continues to deny that the Department of Revenue (DOR) scandal concerning the collection and sharing of personal data is a genuine concern to Missourians. He stated yesterday that the department says they aren’t doing it therefore it isn’t happening.  Unfortunately, the department’s statements contradict themselves.

In questioning before the Senate Appropriations committee, the Deputy Director finally admitted that indeed the department is a recipient of grants from Homeland Security to include biometric measurements of pictures.  Listen to the inquiry here:

Recognize the reason Senator Kurt Schaefer was so upset was because first he was told there were no grants from Homeland Security.  Then he was told there was a grant to buy special hole punches and routers.  Finally, he received the testimony in the audio above. Why is that signficant?

The Governor acknowledges he signed a law that says the state will not comply with REAL ID.  That law is Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo) 302.183.  Based on the testimony in the audio clip above, the DOR is in violation of 302.183.4.

4. Any biometric data previously collected, obtained, or retained in connection with motor vehicle registration or operation, the issuance or renewal of driver’s licenses, or the issuance or renewal of any identification cards by any department or agency of the state charged with those activities shall be retrieved and deleted from all databases. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any data collected, obtained, or retained for a purpose other than compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. For purposes of this section, “biometric data” includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Facial feature pattern characteristics;

(2) Voice data used for comparing live speech with a previously created speech model of a person’s voice;

(3) Iris recognition data containing color or texture patterns or codes;

(4) Retinal scans, reading through the pupil to measure blood vessels lining the retina;

(5) Fingerprint, palm prints, hand geometry, measuring of any and all characteristics of biometric information, including shape and length of fingertips or recording ridge pattern or fingertip characteristics;

(6) Eye spacing;

(7) Characteristic gait or walk;

(8) DNA;

(9) Keystroke dynamics, measuring pressure applied to key pads or other digital receiving devices.

It’s time for Governor Nixon to take this issue seriously.  He should step up and take responsibility for the department’s actions, assure Missourians he will get the answers and support a full and comprehensive audit of DOR.  You can go to to learn more and to take action!