New license pinpoints facial features for security

By QCS Staff

The state’s Motor Vehicle Division has launched a new hi-tech driver’s license to better protect the public from identity theft. It features biometric facial recognition technology at work, which has been operational for about two weeks in Tucumcari, a MVD spokeswoman said.

Drivers’ license applicants now get their photo taken and screened through biometric facial recognition technology. The new program compares a current photo with former photos on file in the MVD database, according to a press release.

The facial recognition equipment empowers local MVD staff to stop identity theft in the office, the release said.

“Each face will be matched with biometric facial recognition to ensure it’s the real individual, and the license will have additional security features to stop forgeries,” said MVD director Kenneth Ortiz in the