Facial Recognition Technology Prohibits Smiling on New Jersey Driver’s Licenses

If you’re headed to the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles, you’d better not put on a happy face.

The Garden State’s DMV has banned smiling during license photos so that their new facial-scanning software can identify drivers more easily.

But the ban, which took effect in January, has many drivers scowling, complaining that they’re entitled to pose how they wish.

‘Your picture means a lot; it’s who you are,’ said Velvet McNeil, 38, of Sicklerville, N.J., to the Philadelphia Daily News.

‘Why should we all look like androids, looking mopey? I know there are some people who don’t have good driver’s licenses, but I actually keep all mine.’

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