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New Jersey MVC Using Facial Recognition To Fight Fraud

New Jersey's old and new driver licences are seen at Newark Liberty International Airport - May 11, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

New Jersey’s old and new driver licences are seen at Newark Liberty International Airport – May 11, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

TRENTON, NJ (CBSNewYork) - The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is rolling out a new way to fight fraud.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Story

They’re ramping up facial recognition technology in all 39 motor vehicle agencies statewide.

Right now, they’re uploading some 18 million license and ID photographs into the new system.

“So that we can then run the scrub of all of the photos to be sure that there is one record per driver,” said MVC spokesperson Elyse Coffey.

They may end up catching some multiple identities. New York’s DMV did when it ramped up facial recognition.

“They actually made over 600 arrests of people who were using double identities,” Coffey told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney on Friday.

Coffey says all changes will be behind the scenes.

“And the customer will see no difference,” she said.

She says this will speed up service and add more online renewal options.

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