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All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Virginia DMV wants your driver's license photo to look like a mug shot

Do you like your driver’s license photo? If not, Virginia is giving you an excuse. It has now banned smiling for driver’s license photos. Even though your past experience with DMV employees may lead you to believe they are just a bunch of dour heartless souls, the smile ban has nothing to do with continuing an atmosphere of despair. Unsmiling photos work best for facial recognition software:

The driver's license photo, it seems, is destined to look like a mug shot.

DMV officials say the smile ban is for a good cause. The agency would like to develop a facial recognition system that could compare customers' photographs over time to prevent fraud and identity theft. "The technology works best when the images are similar," said DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen. "To prepare for the possibility of future security enhancements, we're asking customers to maintain a neutral expression."

At a Manassas DMV branch yesterday, that translated to a simple directive: "Don't smile."

My current Virginia license does not expire until 2017. Maybe by then the facial recognition software will have improved enough to allow a little happiness. Maybe the DMV employees will be able to smile as well.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

If you haven't seen this video, you really must.