New Jersey Bans Smiling in Driver's License Photos

New Jersey Bans Smiling in Driver's License Photos -- Registered voters of new Jersey frowned upon the state's ban on smiling in one's driver's license. The move was initiated due to the technical difficulties of New Jersey's facial recognition software used to verify a person's identity. According to a study conducted by the Quinnipiac University, over six (6) out of ten (10) participants think that the ban is a bad idea.
This is not the first of this case; Sometime in 2009, four (4) states namely Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia issued a state-wide ban on smiling in one's driver's license, due to the same reason revealed by the New Jersey. Since the launch of the said software in 1999, Beth Langen, head of Drivers Services for the state of Illinois told USA Today that the photo matching procedure:
has stopped 6,000 people from getting fraudulent licenses..
Meanwhile, New Jersey commission spokeswoman Elyse Coffey told ABC News that the commission is simply requesting the license applicants to refrain from smiling as if they won in a million dollar lotto.

For a special case maybe, this issue is still a far-fetched thing for the Philippines. The fact that one can even get a license without appearing to a licensing office, this fraud detection technology is still far from being one of the worries of the Land Transportation Office at the moment.

Let's hope for the better; Better in terms of technology, processes and implementing rules, as well as well-trained and honest officials entrusted to carry out the licensing task.

Source: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com / http://www.gmanetwork.com

26 comments:

  1. Smiling is not allowed? I just changed my drivers license from oklahoma to Texas and i don't like my photos coz i did not smile, lol.

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  2. What a stupid amendment. For a country which boasts "advanced facial recognition" technology/software, they're saying they cannot differentiate a smiling face from a neutral one? That's silly.

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  3. ASa pa tayo sa Pilipinas. Our officers would never fall in line for 5 hours to get a license kaya pwedeng makakuha ng walang appearance.

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  4. Very odd law, Why not update their scanning apparatus to a higher level.

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  5. There must be some better and sensible way of ensuring fraud detection in drivers licenses than this "no smiling" provision.

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  6. Hahahahaha..weird law. I thought "NOT SMILING"is for passport picture only.^_^

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  7. Honestly, the opening of the post made me smile. Fortunately, I'm not in New Jersey. Just kidding! So, the reason is because of technical difficulties.

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  8. it is really strange. why would they implement such law? we always want to have the best photo we can have in our IDs. i thought their face recognition is very advance?

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  9. My beau and I just discussed this issue. IN lieu of your post, my beau just recently renewed his driver's license. I was able to notice that he didn't have a smile on his face on the id. I also remembered when I applied for my SSS id last year. I was all smiles already when the photographer asked me not to. :(

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  10. That's a weird one but maybe they want to have a more professional looking license though I don't know what difference a non-smiling photo would make.

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  11. Yup, I guess it's best not to compare - just yet! Lol! I still like to smile though.. the million dollar smile! hahaha

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  12. why smile? It's a driver license! It's a celebrity photo or for posterity. I think that's the reason why smiling in driver's license is banned.

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  13. I think a little smile is okay but people should look straight. Maybe showing an angle of your face (like that one in the lower right corner)is a no-no. But then again, what do I know, they are talking about technicalities here hehehe.

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  14. This post really made me SMILE because,this law in prohibiting the smiling photos in driver's license. I don't see anything wrong in giving a happy face and projecting positive vibes. Hahaha!!

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  15. Tsk!! Find this funny. Though I hate my passport photo!! Haha!

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  16. why not? if you're proud of getting one, might as well strike a pose right?

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  17. That is sad news. I don't look good on the picture when I smile much more so when I don't.

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  18. Hmm.. I have nothing against this policy. This is implemented in passports which are more important than licenses and I guess people just have to understand its significance on public security.

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  19. I think slight smiles are ok, they only ban the exaggerated facial expressions whose lips had already meet their ears when smiling.

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  20. Tama lang talaga na hindi naka smile wag rin namang naka simangot. sa China muntik na akong ihold ng immigration ng dahil sa ganyang issue.

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  21. Really? I didn't know that there is some "ban" going on in smiling sa Driver's License photos :p I just checked mine and realized that I was smiling, pero not too much LOL

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  22. But why? What's wrong with smiling? Perhaps it's one way so that the face will be easily identified.

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  23. I remembered the ID photo to be used in CSE haha since you are not allowed to smile.. There's nothing wrong if you're smilin

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  24. I always thought that smiling has always been prohibited in our drivers license here in the philippines...lol..that is why i never smiled at the camera every time i renew my license...Yahweh bless

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  25. I used not to smile when I got my license (PH) but recently I would give a small grin to look less menacing...LOL

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  26. I like smiling in pictures. Haha. My smile is one asset of mine. LOL. However, if the prohibition to smile is for my security, then it's OK not to smile.

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