Request to write my driver's license number on a check.

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PL Note

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Feb 11, 2009
 

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I shopped at a local grocery store recently and found that they are not only requesting my phone number but also my driver's license number as well. I'm trying very hard to be careful about identify theft and I thought protected personal identification included my driver's license number. Am I incorrect on this?
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Feb 11, 2009
 
Sheesh what the hell else are they gonna start asking for. I dont blame ya Pl note. Some companys like phone company always ask for the last four digits of my ss number..i hate giving that out.
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Feb 11, 2009
 
They have asked in many stores for years to see your drivers license and they write it on the back of the check, I had mine printed on my checks along with the expiration date because they also wanted that. It's much easier to find someone with the driver's license ID than a phone number. Many times they give a fake number if they cash checks and then they bounce and you the store cannot reach them by phone. It saves me alot of time in the store because the info is all there but I use my debit card much more than checks. We're damned if we do, damned if we dont. You can't trust anyone anymore.
Nasty Me

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Feb 11, 2009
 
PL Note wrote:
I shopped at a local grocery store recently and found that they are not only requesting my phone number but also my driver's license number as well. I'm trying very hard to be careful about identify theft and I thought protected personal identification included my driver's license number. Am I incorrect on this?
Open a checking account at the bank then cash your check there before going to the store. If the store gets checks that bounce, it cost them money which is added to each product they sell and in turn is passed on to customers. I don`t know ,but have never heard of identification of a drivers license being used as a scam. I don`t think you have worry about that. remember theres a lot crooks and scammers out there and the stores are looking out for there own good. Shop lifting is also turning into a big thing and the customer ends up paying for that to. If a lazy azz leaves his shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot and a car wrecks it, the customer pays cause all these things are built into the costs of the products he buys at any store. 25 cents to rent a cart at Aldis and you don`t see cart all over the parking lot like you do when you get them free.
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Feb 11, 2009
 
I agree. Also with a drivers license number they can get a picture of you. Another thing people are doing to scam the food pantries is going there and abusing them. They keep going to get food. Then they are taking the items back to a store and getting a credit. They then take the credit and buy beer and cigarettes. I like to donate alot and have helped with a few food drives so this christmas we were told to take a permanent marker and put a slash through the upc code so that they can't take it back and have it scanned at a store. I spoke to a local food pantry worker in Lowville and they were glad to hear that and now I believe they are going to mark all their items to stop people from doing this. I don't mind donating food, but when they abuse it, they should lose it. There are too many hungry children in this country to steal from food pantries when others need it. So remember if you donate, cross off the codes. I think they also go from one pantry to another. I don't mind paying a quarter to rent my cart at Aldi's either and i don't worry about a cart rolling down the parking lot and hitting my car. Seen it happen too many times, especially when its windy. They end up everywhere in the p&c lot. I even see someone in the walmart parking lot emptying their cart and I will take it up to the store with me, I got to have one anyways, why not push it back.
Nasty me

Watertown, NY

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#6
Feb 12, 2009
 
Thanks for the info on the food pantry, I never heard or checked into that. I usually leave food on the mail box when they have drives, next time my marker will be handy. Some people are so low you can`t even scrap them off the ground with a razor blade. I wouldn`t even be surprised if they (low Lifes)get food at the pantry and sell it cheaper to poor people who are unaware of the pantries. A good example of being unware is this, TV thing, 6 million people aren`t ready, Why? because they don`t understand, can`t read or write, retarded, or have mental problems. And some people just don`t pay attention, they think life is just fun and games, partying all the time.
PL Note

Johnstown, NY

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Feb 12, 2009
 
Thanks for the input.

This store asks you to write it on your check & doesn't check the photo ID so how do they know it's my driver's license #. Also, I don't like carrying a lot of cash on me, so I write checks at the grocery store and use credit cards.

I'm still not comfortable writing MY driver's license # on my checks. And since I know my check is good, I write a fake phone number and a fake driver's license # on it.

And that's probably what the people who write bad checks are doing also. Hence, the store hasn't protected themselves from bad checks and in turn has made it more inconvenient for those who are honest.

Does anyone know if we are supposed to "protect" the use of our driver's license numbers?
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#8
Feb 12, 2009
 
Well, WWNY has announced it will be switching over to the new digital broadcast still on the day in February. They said it was too expensive and complicated to get it ready and testing, that they are going digital anyways. If they don't have the converter boxes, they won't get local channel 7. Everyone has been told about this I believe for the last couple of years. I know we got notices from PBS and our dish and got our coupons at least 8 months ago. And there was plenty of advertising for the coupon program to get 40.00 off therefore only having to pay 10.00 each for them at Walmart. We even made sure my mother in law who is 87 got one and then she found out she didn't need it because she has twcny. She gave her box to her son. But I hope the word gets around about the pantry programs. They are smart enough to figure out the system. Instead of being able to sell there food stamps, because they now get a food benefit card that they have to swipe at the stores, they found another way to get their money for things they can't afford. Wake up people and get with the program. I hope everyone passes this information out to all the pantries and people they know. Stop screwing the citizens who are very giving in this north country.
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Feb 12, 2009
 
PL Note wrote:
Thanks for the input.
This store asks you to write it on your check & doesn't check the photo ID so how do they know it's my driver's license #. Also, I don't like carrying a lot of cash on me, so I write checks at the grocery store and use credit cards.
I'm still not comfortable writing MY driver's license # on my checks. And since I know my check is good, I write a fake phone number and a fake driver's license # on it.
And that's probably what the people who write bad checks are doing also. Hence, the store hasn't protected themselves from bad checks and in turn has made it more inconvenient for those who are honest.
Does anyone know if we are supposed to "protect" the use of our driver's license numbers?
I don't know about it, but either the law enforcement or motor vehicles can answer that question for you. I know when you apply for a store card for coupons or sales, they actually look at your drivers license and probably record that number on your form. It's worth checking into. Courthouse person on here has alot of knowledge, maybe he can find the answer.
Nasty me

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#10
Feb 12, 2009
 
Your pictures on the drivers license, so how can they steal your identiy from it. They would have to super impose a picture of them selves on a fake license.
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#11
Feb 12, 2009
 
try not to let a few low lifes jade you about the food panry, I volunteer there and I could tell you some stories, but the coordinators got wise to them and are very dilegent, if somebody does try something and we catch it, they are banned from services for several months. we also communicate with other charities. some people will never change.
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May 5, 2011
 

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It's absurd. Store managers require this because they've heard of other store managers doing it. In reality, the DMV doesn't spend time chasing bounced checks. The DMV and banks are entirely unrelated. It would be valid to match a photo ID to a name on a check but many people are authorized to write checks on accounts not bearing their name anyway. There are companies that offer a check-proof subscription where they match bad checks against license numbers but these do not protect the store and just scam gullible managers (it's too long to explain why). Suffice to say asking for a License number on a check is futile stupidity from people who can't think things through. It does nothing to stop bad checks and inconveniences the customer.
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Jun 1, 2011
 
The DL# can be used to show that your ID was used when you were writing the check in case you claim that you did not write the check. Of course they need to check the ID to get that protection in court.
huh

Constableville, NY

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Jun 1, 2011
 
I heard of these check things. They were popular in the 80's my dad says.
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Jun 28, 2011
 
nice lady wrote:
They have asked in many stores for years to see your drivers license and they write it on the back of the check, I had mine printed on my checks along with the expiration date because they also wanted that. It's much easier to find someone with the driver's license ID than a phone number. Many times they give a fake number if they cash checks and then they bounce and you the store cannot reach them by phone. It saves me alot of time in the store because the info is all there but I use my debit card much more than checks. We're damned if we do, damned if we dont. You can't trust anyone anymore.
i wouldnt do it
Cashier

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#16
Jun 12, 2012
 
At the company I work at(A major retailer), we have to input your license number, st, DOB into our register to be printed on the back of your check. Without your DL# or your SSN in substitute, you cannot use a check here, because it is REQUIRED by the computer. The transaction won't proceed until that info is put in.(Or your opt for a different form of payment.)
Tina Marie

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#17
Apr 15, 2013
 
Having the information off of the drivers license makes it easier to find the person when you have to take them to small claims to get your money.
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May 28, 2014
 
cheak my driver's license number on a check.
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Rome, NY

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#19
May 28, 2014
 
Some places ask for your license because it is a PHOTO of the person using it..........thus you have name, address, AND picture of the user.
How about that!!!???

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