Attention, there is another reason not to be happy about a visit to your local department of motor vehicles:
The next time you step in front of the camera for your driver's license photo, you might want to skip the forced smile. Four states have urged drivers to stop grinning because it interferes with anti-fraud protections on driver's license pictures, USA Today reported.I was trying to decide how the DMV defines a “small smile.” Does that involve a ruler and an official determination by a smile inspector?
Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia tell drivers to keep neutral expressions when they get their license photos taken. The states are using software that compares new license photos with hold ones. Grinning can mess up the facial recognition technology.
A Virginia official told the newspaper that the state prefers dull expressions because they help the software work more accurately. The other three states allow small smiles…
In continuing to discuss the use of facial recognition software (as I did in yesterday’s missing person post), drivers license photos are another example of innovative technology being used by government authorities (like it or not).
I do want to thank blogger Jennifer over at Kerberism for including this phony driver’s license in her post:
I don’t think I have ever seen someone try to pass off a fake ID featuring a “couple’s photo.”