No big smiles on N.J. driver’s licenses

    Newly licensed teenagers and other happy drivers, beware.

    When being photographed for your New Jersey driver’s license, the Motor Vehicle Commission is going to remind you that big smiles aren’t permitted.

    That’s because the Garden State is using facial-recognition technology, and the best shot at cross-linking photos calls for only mild facial expressions, as the Daily News reports. Large grins and other exaggerated expressions could confuse the software.

    Big smiles apparently aren’t an issue in neighboring Pennsylvania and Delaware, which use the same system. Maybe the Garden State is just trying to prevent those unfortunate something-in-your-teeth photos.

    • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal