RMV vendor says 53,000 driver’s licenses, IDs need to be replaced

Replacement cards coming next week; problem blamed on ‘printer anomaly”

A VENDOR of the Registry of Motor Vehicles said it printed 53,680 driver’s licenses and identification cards incorrectly over the last couple months and starting Monday will begin mailing replacement cards to the individuals affected.

State officials late Friday afternoon released a statement put out by the vendor, a company called IDEMIA, which blamed the problem on “an anomaly with a single printer.”

“Those who receive replacement cards are instructed to destroy their old card. No other action is required. There are no impacts to any license holder’s driving record,” the statement said.

Christopher Doherty, a spokesman for IDEMIA, said the company notified the Registry about the problem on May 25. He declined to go into detail about what specifically was wrong with the driver’s license and identification cards.

“It was just a quality control issue,” he said. “Most people wouldn’t know the difference.”

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

A spokeswoman for the Registry said IDEDMIA is covering the cost of issuing the replacement identification cards.

IDEMIA, headquartered in France, provides identity-related security services to private companies and governments.