N.J. to Use Face-Recognition Technology, Scan License Photos for Fraud

January 24, 2012

New Jersey is preparing to use facial-recognition technology to scan 18 million photographs for signs of driver’s license fraud.

Photos that are flagged as suspicious will be reviewed before that person can renew their license. MVC inspectors will examine whether the person has a twin or is a married woman who changed her name.

Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez tells The Record newspaper facial recognition will help as the state eventually shifts to allowing motorists to renew licenses online and by mail.

Martinez says drivers will visit MVC every eight years, instead of four, for a new photo.

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