New Jersey bans smiling on driver's license photos

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By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) New Jersey and Indiana do not like when its citizens smile.

New Jersey and Indiana motorists have another reason to frown while being photographed for their driver's license photos.

The states have barred drivers from putting om a big smile because such expressions do not work with facial recognition software.

The new rule has gone unnoticed since going into force.

Velvet McNeill of Sicklerville is trying to bring this to light.

In January, the MVC launched its new facial recognition software designed to check some 19 million driver records of photos to make sure people are who they say they are, and only have one driver’s license.

A few criminal investigations have taken place since the new software was implemented, but the program has not received complaints until a South Jersey woman said she was not allowed to smile.

She said that she was so mad about being told not to smile when she went to get her driver’s license this week that she left the office of the Motor Vehicle Department in Cherry Hill.

After finding out the reason for the policy, the 38-year-old said that she will come back and pose with a slight smile for the driver’s license.



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