I went along to my local dealership in Fort Worth today to order a couple of spare key's for my GS. Being a good former Boy Scout, and prepared, I took along my title document with me to prove that I actually own the bike. Then the nice man behind the counter tell's me he needs to copy my driving licence!! Whoaa now. I do not let anyone copy my driving licence, passport, or social security card, period. In a different life I used to be in law enforcement and if you came to me and said, "hey I have just had $5000 taken out of my credit card account". The first thing I would ask you is where have you used your card and who have you given your details to. Then I would go look at that person/business. If I was giving you my Level 1 Personal Security (PERSEC) lecture it would include advice like, "do not allow anyone to make a copy of your primary identification documents. I asked the nice man, and his manager, whose policy it was and they told me that they have to do it for BMW North America. They also told me that they can be audited against it and receive a wrist slap from BMW NA. I called BMW NA Customer Services and was told by one girl that, "they need to see your licence so they know you can ride the bike"...............play the tape back BMW NA, you'll hear her. I asked to speak with a supervisor/escalation. Tawny, nice girl, patient, she told me that it is to verify that the key was only made for and given to the owner. I asked Tawny what her surname was, she said they don't give out their surname's. That is probably for a similar reason to the one I do not let people make copies of my driving licence. Now, I don't know everyone who works in the BMW dealership, I don't know their backgrounds, or if they have any criminal affiliations. So why should I, or anyone else, compromise their personal security by paying with a credit card so that the number is on file and then handing over the Royal Flush by allowing them to copy a driving licence? As I was typing this I just received a call from the dealership and let me say that the problem has now been sorted to my satisfaction without leaving copies of anything. I shall still be writing a letter to Bernhard Kuhnt the CEO of BMW expressing my astonishment at the risk they are placing themselves in as a corporation, and more importantly their customers by instructing their franchisee's to collect this information.