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NJ To Run Visual Matching On All of State's Driver's License Photos

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) -- As part of a growing national trend, the State of New Jersey is about to check every driver's license in the state for visual duplicates.

Most states across the country already utilize some form of facial recognition technology, and the Garden State is about to join them.

Mike Horan, with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says some 18 million license photos will get scanned and compared.

"We're going to do a full scrub of the photos that are out there of drivers, and what it comes down to is (looking for) a one-for-one match," he told KYW Newsradio today.

Those photos that are visually very similar will be reviewed by state officials.

It could be nothing more than identical twins living in the same state, Horan points out, or a possible fraud: an underage ID to get into a bar or an attempt at identity theft.

The initial scrub is expected to take a few months to complete, but if you don't have a problem you'll never even know it was done.


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