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Say cheese! Unless you happen to live in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada or Virginia, that is. In a case that once again reminds us that the truth is often stranger than fiction, these four states have reportedly adopted new legislation that could lead to the end of smiling faces on driver's license photos.

Virginia is the only state that's banned smiles completely, while the other three states still allow "slight smiles." Why so serious? Apparently, a "neutral face expression" makes it easier for the DMV's whiz-bang facial recognition computer software to make positive matches to photos already in its database.

There's reason to believe the new edict will cause a significant reduction in identity fraud cases: photo matching software has reportedly stopped some 6,000 such cases in Illinois alone since it was first adopted in 1999. Don't be surprised to see more states adopt the wipe-that-smile-off-your-face policy in the near future, as 27 other states use similar software and three more are considering it now.

[Source: USA Today via Kicking Tires | Image: eBaum's World]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      NO SOUP FOR YOU!.......BACK OF THE LINE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a buck-toothed sneer? Hell, that's what's what they try to catch for a license picture anyway ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great movie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I AM McLovin!
      • 6 Years Ago
      McLovin Rules!! My favorite character from "Superbad" movie.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Technically I don't have a first name....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Y so srs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      But, but, but, mom always said my face would freeze like this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what a police state looks like.

      Next, they’ll introduce a mandatory dress top consisting of horizontal black and white stripes and require you to hold a sign with your license ID number in front of you—and they’ll tax you on that, too. And since they can’t track you if you smile, any offending smilers will be required to wear yellow smiley-face armbands and have an EZ Pass detector embedded under their skin so they can be monitored.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a little ridiculous in this day and age that the BMV systems in these states can't store multiple photos of you.

      They could simply take at least 2 shots of you, one smiling, on not so much. You put your happy face on your ID, and the BMV keeps both on file for their special recognition programs.

        • 6 Years Ago
        To me it's also an extra photo to use for comparison if a new ID request with photo doesn't match in their expensive facial recognition software.

        It's the difference between catching an attempt at ID theft and wasting the time of legitimate owners of that identity, who may have just happened to gain 100 lbs in the last 4-6 years or gotten an infection of ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember a couple of years ago the woman that complained the DMV made her take off her burqa for her photo id?

      http://www.danielpipes.org/4783/ban-the-burqa-and-the-niqab-too

      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats up Gangsta's!?!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How can you smile after you wait on line at DMV for few long hours and got a very "nice" service from these govt workers. Plus they ask so many thing like this that or watever. Gosh
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