Boston (AP) – More than 1,900 Massachusetts drivers’ licenses have been issued in the names of dead people.
A state audit released Thursday found the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued 1,905 drivers’ licenses to individuals after their dates of death.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump pointed to what she called the failure to use databases, such as the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, to deactivate the licenses of people who have died and ensure new licenses aren’t issued in the names of dead people.
Bump said the failure to prevent individuals from obtaining identification under the names of deceased people creates a public safety risk.
Bump also said the audit found the registry processed over 10,000 requests for disability parking placards from individuals who were deceased.