The Secure Authentication Feature and Enhanced Identification Defense Act of 2003 Law and Legal Definition

Secure Authentication Feature and Enhanced Identification Defense (SAFE ID) Act of 2003 is a U.S. federal law that amends Section 1028(a), title 18 of the United States Code. The bill regarding the same was introduced by U.S. Senator Joseph Biden. The Act is designed to prevent the creation of false, misleading or inaccurate government IDs by making it illegal to possess, traffic in, or use false or misleading authentication features for those IDs. According to the Act authentication features mean any hologram, watermark, certification, symbol, code, image, sequence of numbers or letters, or other feature that either individually or in combination with another feature is used by the issuing authority on an identification document, document-making implement or means of identification to determine if the document is counterfeit, altered, or otherwise falsified. The issuing authority can be any governmental entity or agency that is authorized to issue identification documents, means of identification, or authentication features. It includes the United States Government, a State, a political subdivision of a State, a foreign government, a political subdivision of a foreign government, or an international government or quasi-governmental organization.

The provisions of this Act are incorporated in the PROTECT Act of 2003.