- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Don't like other people seeing your driver's license photograph?
Get over it.
Consumers increasingly are being asked to show several forms of identification, including driver's licenses and other photo IDs, to enter office buildings, rent moving trucks and board trains.
Companies say the enhanced requirement helps them know who they are doing business with at a time of heightened security across the nation.
"For us, the philosophy behind this policy is that we want to know who is on our trains," said Kajal Jhaveri, an Amtrak spokeswoman.
Since Sept. 25, the train service has required passengers to present a photo ID when they buy a ticket, check their baggage and board a train. Before the policy was introduced, Amtrak was "a little more lax" in requiring photo IDs, Ms. Jhaveri said.
Customers need three forms of identification including at least one photo ID to rent a vehicle from Budget Group Inc., which operates the Ryder truck and Budget rent-a-car services. Before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, customers had to present only two forms of identification, a Ryder spokeswoman said.
"The extra form of identification helps us confirm the validity of the other two IDs," Jennifer Sullivan said.
You also will need a photo ID to enter many office buildings across the country. Equity Office Properties Trust, a Chicago company that owns about 670 buildings nationwide, said it asks tenants to present an identification badge to access their office.
In some buildings, visitors have to sign a sign-in sheet and present a photo ID to a security guard in the lobby to gain entry, Equity spokeswoman Laura O'Malley said.
Before the attacks, workers and visitors usually presented identification to security guards only when entering a building after normal business hours, Ms. O'Malley said.
"That requirement is now in place all day," she said.
Other companies are making attempts to verify the identity of their customers, but aren't requiring photo IDs to do it.
Greyhound Lines inc., the largest bus company in the United States, now requires its passengers give their name when they purchase a ticket. Until recently, passengers could buy tickets anonymously.
"We now build a passenger list for every bus," said Greyhound spokeswoman Kristin Parsley.
The requirement was put in place before an Oct. 3 incident in which a passenger on a Greyhound bus slit the driver's throat with a knife and sent the bus careening off a Tennessee highway.
In addition to asking their customers for their names, Greyhound has placed additional cameras and metal detectors in its stations, she said.
Other companies, such as Bank of America Corp., the nation's third-largest bank, have always asked customers to present a photo ID. The bank requires customers to present at least a photo ID and a credit card when opening up an account, a spokesman said.
The bank has not introduced other measures to verify its customers' identities, he said.
Photo IDs are often part of bigger security strategies. Amtrak, for example, also has added more uniformed police officers on its trains, Ms. Jhaveri said.

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