Implications of Digital ID in Minnesota

We’d like to provide you with information about digital driver’s licenses, REAL ID, HIPPA, and vaccine passports.  

  • Learn the history of REAL ID below, and the capabilities of the National Identity Registry
  • Read about the relationship with HIPPA and the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI)
  • Read the status of vaccine passports, in our state, and internationally below
  • Learn how these things relate to digital driver’s licenses below
  • Get an “enhanced” Minnesota driver’s license, instead of a “REAL ID” driver’s license.

Why do digital driver’s licenses matter?  

Digital driver’s licenses pose significant security risks for the user, opens the door to government surveillance of movementgovernment control over all things that require a driver’s license, and could lead to a “no card, no care” system within health care.

The Connections

Digital driver’s licenses are potentially connected with vaccine passports and REAL ID.  Hang in there; I will explain the connections, and the history… 

The REAL ID law authorizes the Secretary of DHS with unilateral power to identify additional purposes for which a REAL ID would be required, such as renting a car, or staying in a hotel, or accessing banking services. The secretary can do this without Congress.

UNILATERAL POWER. Does this sound familiar?

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID law in the dead of night. 

In response, many states viewed this as a violation of state rights, and passed laws to prevent state compliance with this federal law.  Minnesota lawmakers banned REAL ID implementation in 2009.

During the Obama administration, the government announced that those without a federal REAL ID wouldn’t be able to travel via airline, and the media spread this false message. States caved to this propaganda, and passed laws to adopt REAL ID.  

But, just because Minnesota gave away its right to the control identification and driver’s licenses, and adopted REAL ID in 2017, doesn’t mean that WE have to buy into it!

The REAL ID law authorizes the Secretary of DHS with unilateral power to identify additional purposes for which a REAL ID would be required, such as renting a car, or staying in a hotel, or accessing banking services.  The secretary can do this without Congress.

UNILATERAL POWER.  Does this sound familiar? 

The more people that choose to get a REAL ID, the more likely it is that governments and businesses will start to demand the REAL ID to access services (banks, healthcare clinics, buying a firearm, buying a cell phone, buying alcohol, buying a toll card, registering at a hotel, etc), and then, we will be closer to one tracking number for everyone in this country, that is required for all services that you would normally use your drivers license for.

For example…

National Patient ID: Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom views REAL ID as a National ID card and a back door to a National Patient ID:

  • HIPAA – The 1996 HIPAA law mandated a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI), but Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) froze funding for its creation in 1999. If implemented, health care access could become an “official purpose” for which the “for federal purposes” REAL ID cards would be required: No card, No care.”  Today, it is Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, who is essentially the only person standing between you and the implementation of the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI).

The REAL ID law includes a NATIONAL IDENTITY REGISTRY: The federal law and regulations require a central data “hub” with certain identifiable information from all American cardholders (licenses and IDs) accessible to all 50 states and U.S. territories.  The hub database is “pinged” when one state searches for an individual’s data from another state. BIOMETRICS can be recorded and linked to your ID.

Vaccine passports 

Minnesota has implemented technology to provide individuals with a way to immediately pull up their immunization records digitally, utilizing MIIC and a free app called Docket.  

Organizations within Minnesota now participate in the SMART Health card system.  

As explained by Off-Guardian:

“SMART Health Cards are run by VCI, which was created by the MITRE Corporation, which is funded by the United States government.

This allows the federal government ‘truthfully’ claim to not be implementing a federal passport system, or keeping a vaccination database, all the while they are sub-contracting tech giants to do it for themThis system of backdoor government surveillance via corporate veneer is already spreading across the U.S., and it looks like it will play some part in any future ‘pandemic treaty‘ too.”

Right now, different organizations have different rules for verifying vaccinations or test results. For example, some countries may have different rules than others.

The WHO has now signed a deal with a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary called T-Systems to build the first global digital vaccine passport.

“The WHO fully intends to provide support to its 194 member states to facilitate the implementation of the digital verification technology for countries’ national and regional verification of vaccine status.”

Digital money

The central banks around the world, including the United States, are preparing to introduce central bank digital currency (CBDC), and gain control over all economic decisions.

“…with cash, we don’t know who is using a 100 dollar bill. With CBDC [digital currency]…the central bank will have absolute control on the rules and regulations that will determine the use…also we will have the technology to enforce that.“

– Agustins Carstens, Managing Director for the Bank for International Settlements Oct. 19, 2020.  Link to video.

Brookings reports:

“The Federal Reserve just released two reports on a CBDC, which arguably already satisfies Biden’s executive order’s request.  The Fed’s report hoped for legislation proposing a CBDC but absent that reserved their authority to issue one “in the context of broad public and cross-governmental support.”

“Biden’s executive order appears to give further impetus behind the Federal Reserve’s recent work on a CBDC. The order empowers the AG to come to a decision on the existing legal authority for the Fed to issue a CBDC, which is worth watching. The order balances the potential benefits from digital assets with a litany of concerns and risks.”

To further the digitization model, companies and banks are developing RFID chips that can be implanted under human skin, and used to pay for goods and services.  “The chips use near-field communication (NFC) technology, which is also used in contactless credit cards and mobile payments. It’s also the same technology used to track pets and packages.” “In Sweden, the microchips can be used as a train ticket. But Lewin hopes that he will soon be able to make payments with them.”

Learn about how you can switch your bank deposits from a corporate bank who invests in these kinds of technologies, to a state-chartered bank or credit union, here.

Digitized aspects converge

All of these arrangements potentially empower the federal government, and potentially an international entity, to have control over individual travel, purchases, movement, and data.

What we want to avoid first of all, is having federally-controlled tracking numbers which aggregate all of our data, including driver’s licenses, medical data, and more, that is required for all services that you would previously have used your state-controlled drivers license for.

Short-term solution

We can protect state rights, your rights, and your privacy and freedom by choosing a STANDARD DRIVER’S LICENSE and a passport for travel, or an enhanced driver’s license if you only want to travel/fly domestically.

We don’t know where legislators may try to take this next, but we will share updates as we receive them.

Could the aggregation of data, in the hands of the federal government, and the digitization and normalizing of flashing digital “passes” lead us to a social credit system?

U.S. Congress seems to think that digital identity is very important: “Improving Digital Identity Act of 2021.”  They claim it is needed to prevent identity theft, for example, but as with any centralized hub of information, breaches will always occur.  The federal privacy assessment of REAL ID designates the personally-identifiable data held by the federal data verification “hub” as Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and suggests states prepare “breach notification” procedures.

I’ll let you decide…

A final decision regarding digital IDs in Minnesota is still up in the air. HF 4293, the State Government, Elections, Transportation, and Veterans omnibus bill is also waiting for the conclusion of the legislative session. HF 4293 includes a section that would create a report on the feasibility of transitioning Minnesota to digital drivers’ licenses. 

CCHF submitted a letter ( to the committee on May 13 that highlighted our concerns over privacy and personal autonomy. 

CCHF talked with staff members from the offices of Sens. Newman (R-Hutchinson) and Howe (R-Rockville), and been told that they are not very favorable towards digital drivers’ licenses. However, at this point, it appears the Senate does not feel a sense of urgency to reject the House language since the proposal is simply for a report and not the actual implementation. 

Yet, as one senator told us, “You don’t create a report for something that you don’t want.”  Reports are almost always stepping stones to the proposed policy.

CCHF’s commentary was published by Alpha News, highlighting the dangers created by digital drivers’ licenses and the reasons the Senate should not even allow a report to be created.

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