December 9, 2008

Smiles banned on Indiana driver’s license

Drivers seeking a license in Indiana may be asked to brush their hair but they won't be asked to smile.

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has imposed restrictions on anything that might prevent facial recognition software from distinguishing one driver's appearance from another's, The Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal reported Tuesday.

That includes smiling and wearing glasses, hats and scarves, said bureau spokesman Dennis Rosebrough, adding, A straight-faced photograph enhances the effectiveness of the technology.

Indiana's rules are among the most restrictive of an estimated 20 states that use facial recognition software to detect fraud in driver's licenses, the Courier-Journal reported.

Driver's license applicants in Indiana may be asked to brush their hair to assist with the technology.