New Bill To Require ID To Purchase Prepaid Phones

Jonestown survivor State Representative Jackie Speier of California introduced a bill last week that would “require purchasers of pre-paid mobile devices or SIM cards to provide identification, and for other purposes.”

In a press release about Speier’s bill introduction, “burner” phones were described as “pre-paid phones that terrorists, human traffickers, and narcotics dealers often use to avoid scrutiny by law enforcement because they can be purchased without identification and record-keeping requirements.”

Speier sees this as a “legal gap”, which her bill –  Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016 also known as H.R.4886 – aims to close up. She said in a statement that “This bill would close one of the most significant gaps in our ability to track and prevent acts of terror, drug trafficking, and modern-day slavery”.

Under this proposed legislation, a vendor making any kind of prepaid phone or SIM card sale will be required to obtain the following information from the purchaser:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Date of birth

In-person purchases will require a photo ID and any two of the following: