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June 19, 2015

Proposed N.J. law would ban 'walking dead' from driving

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John Belanus, right, of Wyckoff, N.J., looks at the digital image for his driver's license at the Motor Vehicle Commission office in Oakland, N.J.

A recently proposed law would put an end to drivers licenses and other documents being issued to dead people in New Jersey, reports.

The state’s Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee released a bill Thursday that would require the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to cross-check with Social Security records.

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The MVC would be required to run a monthly check against federal Social Security Administration databases to avoid issuing significant legal documents to anyone no longer alive.

In March, more than 300 people who were already deceased were issued official documents, such as licenses, according to a state audit.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, now heads to the full assembly.