Technology Catching Driver License Cheats


State officials say a system using facial recognition technology to catch people trying to exploit driver licensing has led to 2,500 arrests and administrative action against 5,000 other people.

The Department of Motor Vehicles says the three-year-old system has triggered investigations of 13,000 possible identity fraud cases.

The system allows comparison of new and existing photographs on file with the DMV to detect people trying to get duplicate or new licenses, sometimes after they’ve been stripped of an original license after a crime like driving while intoxicated. Others were trying to create false identities or engage in fraud.

Among the arrests have been 100 people wanted for felonies.