The driverâ€™s license is becoming an effective tool for crime-fighting, thanks to the continuing improvements on facial recognition technology.
Three specialists who work for the Massachusetts motor vehicles department recently tested their method by running a mug shot from the TV show â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Wantedâ€ â€“ just to try it for size â€“ against the stateâ€™s database of nine million digital driverâ€™s license photographs. Voila! They found a match for a man wanted on rape charges, using a different name on his driverâ€™s license.
At least six other states have or are working on similar enormous databases of driverâ€™s license photographs. Coupled with increasingly accurate facial-recognition technology, the databases may soon become a radical innovation in law enforcement.