DMV to use facial recognition software in Oregon


Associated Press
October 27, 2008

The new computers at the Oregon DMV never forget a face.

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The state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division is installing the new computers to compare a new driver’s license photo with an old license image to see if they match.

The idea is to make it harder for criminals to get fake IDs.

Oregon DMV spokesman David House said that is one of the reasons drivers always get a temporary paper license when they get a renewal.

He said Digimarc, the Beaverton company behind the new technology, also needs time to review all the license application photos.

Digimarc is considered a leader in preventing electronic identity theft, counterfeiting and piracy.

But House said that DMV workers will make the final decision after the computer makes its comparison.

The software runs through millions of other photos in the system. If there is a question, trained DMV workers sit down with the photo and all the potential matches and decide whether or not to question the application.

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