Want a Rhode Island driver’s license? Smiling no longer allowed – News – providencejournal.com – Rhode Island News

Want a Rhode Island driver’s license? Smiling no longer allowed – News – providencejournal.com – Rhode Island News

CRANSTON, R.I. — If you’re hoping that your next Rhode Island driver’s license photo will finally be the glamorous close up you’ve always envisioned, think again.

New facial recognition software being used by the Department of Motor Vehicles is making the eternal quest for a flattering driver’s license photo a pipe dream.

So wipe that smile off your face, tuck your hair behind your ears, and don’t even think about a coy tilt of the head. This photo will not be your next Facebook profile picture.

That’s what 16-year-old Rose Callanan found out when she got her photo taken at the Cranston DMV Thursday. It took at least three tries before the Providence teen took a photo that passed DMV standards. 

Callanan’s offense: Her hair kept falling too close to her eyebrows.

What’s up with the new rules?

Paul Grimaldi, a spokesman for the DMV, said an “upgrade” to the agency’s cameras in the summer of 2016 as the state began issuing new driver’s licenses also resulted in upgrades to the state’s “facial recognition program.” It’s all part of a push to improve ID security.

Callanan was at the DMV to get a photo taken for a Rhode Island ID needed to take the SATs. The same photo rules apply to state ID cards and licenses.

Signs posted around DMV cubicles in Cranston remind customers that “Everyone must take a new photo.”

A copy of the new photo guidelines developed by the state’s vendor, MorphoTrust USA, states that images must now meet the following standards: “shoulders must be square to the camera; facial expression is neutral; the mouth is closed;…

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