This could be the most unusual news report you've ever read. If you're affected, acting on its content could--remotely, but quite possibly--save you a sojourn in a federal penitentiary.

Taking it from the top: The U.S. Selective Service System has asked the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to supply it with the names of 172,000 Maryland men with drivers' licenses who were born between 1960 and 1965. Those are the men who are required, under a controversial and widely flouted federal law, to register for a potential future draft.

Steve Horwitz, speaking for the MVA, said the agency will comply with the federal request because Selective Service was not "threatening" in its tone--it said it just wanted to contact nonregistrants and give them another chance to sign up. Besides, the names on the license list are an open public record.

But--and this is what should interest militantly nonmilitaristic nonregistrants--the agency announced, according to the Associated Press, that people who don't want their names sent to Washington can have them deleted from the list if a request in writing is sent within 10 days to the MVA. For the address in Glen Burnie, Md., look on your driver's license.