Credential Verification Systems
Credentialing agencies can no longer rely solely on continually making their credential harder to duplicate. Fraudsters, criminals and terrorists can obtain illegitimate credentials that to a human or inspection device appear authentic. The ever escalating battle to stay in front of the latest counterfeiting schemes can be addressed more effectively through electronic verification of a credential with the agency that issued that credential.
As the DIVS program manager, Clerus is responsible for helping the US Department of Homeland Security and state and territorial driver licensing agencies deploy these needed electronic verification capabilities, evaluate them and develop best practices for effective use. DIVS is a not-for-profit corporation formed by the State of Mississippi to organize, implement, and coordinate the electronic systems states need to verify identification information provided by driver license and identification card applicants.
The organizing Board of Directors of DIVS is comprised of representatives from the States of Mississippi, Indiana, Florida, Kentucky and Nevada. These states received special grants from DHS to participate in the development of these electronic systems. The five representatives also currently form the Executive Committee of the Corporation.
To achieve secure credentialing, states must verify source documents when issuing driver license and identification cards. DIVS’ role is to recommend requirements, designs, and best practices to guide verification system acquisition, development, deployment, and operation. Serving as the DIVS Program Manager, Clerus Solutions has been instrumental in working with state-led committees and federal agencies on the development of the following electronic verification systems:
- State to State Verification Service
- Verification of Lawful Status Service
- U.S. Passport Verification Service
- Birth Record Verification Service
S2S enables a state to check with other states to determine if an applicant holds a driver license or REAL ID identification card in another state. Work has begun to define a system to provide this capability. Clerus Solutions is responsible for managing the full life cycle development and implementation of this verification capability. Clerus works with the DIVS state-led committees to define the concept of operations, system requirements, privacy and security frameworks and impact assessments. Clerus will also work with the committees to design, develop, test, deploy and operate the system. Clerus will work with a set of pilot states to define a pilot, define evaluation criteria, develop an evaluation report and to develop a set of best practices for other states to use during their implementation efforts. Clerus is uniquely suited to help states effectively implement the State to State Verification capability.
SAVE and VLS enable a state to verify any immigration document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS offers a number of access methods to SAVE include Web 3 browser interface, Web Services programming interface and SAVE via AAMVAnet programming interface for Driver License Agencies (DLAs). The initial release of the AAMVAnet interface, also known as Verification of Lawful Status (VLS), was ready for use in March, 2009.
As the DIVS program manager, Clerus Solutions was responsible for coordinating the creation of a SAVE DL User group and a working group to facilitate the gathering of feedback on SAVE functions. The working groups are comprised of both technical and business representatives from state driver license agencies as well as technical representatives from the system operator and owner organizations. In 2010, Clerus facilitated meetings of the SAVE DL Users Group and collected input from the group to produce a documented set of recommendations for USCIS to consider as enhancements to the SAVE system. USCIS continues to refer to the recommendations while planning future SAVE modernization efforts.
Clerus also coordinated activities for the VLS Pilot State Working Group. Clerus facilitated meetings and teleconferences with the working group to produce deliverables such as a pilot definition, pilot evaluation criteria, pilot evaluation report and a set of best practices for other states to use during their implementation efforts. The pilot evaluation and best practices effort is a core expertise for Clerus and consistently applied to all verification systems.
Our hands on experience with the system operators and system users makes Clerus uniquely suited to help states effectively implement the SAVE or VLS capabilities.
This service enables a state to verify U.S. Passports issued by the U.S Department of State (USDOS). USDOS provides the Passport data to USCIS which operated the backed verification system. AAMVA has worked with USCIS to provide a programming interface to the Passport Verification system for use by state Driver Licensing Agencies (DLAs).
As the DIVS program manager, Clerus Solutions was responsible for coordinating activities of the Passport Pilot State Working Group. Clerus and the working group are producing deliverables such as a pilot definition, pilot evaluation criteria, pilot evaluate report and a set of best practices for other states to use during their implementation efforts. The pilot evaluation and best practices effort is a core expertise for Clerus and consistently applied to all verification systems. Clerus is uniquely suited to help states effectively implement the U.S Passport verification capabilities.
The Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE) is an information system, operated by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) that makes vital records data (birth data) electronically available to authorized Federal and State users. The EVVE system supports immediate confirmation of the information on a US-issued birth certificate presented by an applicant to a government office anywhere in the nation irrespective of the place or date of issuance. As well, the system will flag positive responses where the person matched is now deceased.
EVVER is the information system, operated by AAMVA, which interconnects EVVE with State driver licensing agencies, allowing driver licensing agencies to verify the validity of birth certificates presented as a form of identification by driver license applicants. As former AAMVA staff, Clerus professionals were responsible for developing the first EVVER interface to EVVE.
Clerus has a long history within the birth record verification program. In 2007 Clerus helped the Commonwealth of Kentucky and NAPHSIS develop a roadmap for the birth verification program. A pilot of the EVVE/EVVER systems was conducted, and lessons learned were documented. In 2009 and 2010 Clerus continued to stay involved in the program as program manager for DIVS. Clerus managed the system enhancements made to the EVVER system based on results from the Kentucky pilot. Clerus facilitated the activities of DIVS to analyze the NAPHSIS cost model, vulnerabilities created by open record states and other issues facing the program. The concerns were shared with NAPHSIS to help move the program forward. Since that time, Clerus, DIVS, NAPHSIS and AAMVA have produced a revised roadmap for a successful birth verification program. We continue to work with all DIVS stakeholders to improve the program and maximize effectiveness.
As a result of close involvement, Clerus is intimately familiar with the status of the program, the implementation of the verification systems, potential obstacles and moreover what states can do to provide effective birth record verification.