Colorado to save faces

| 6/11/2002

Starting in September or October, Colorado will use a face-recognition system for everyone seeking a commercial or regular driver's license. The idea is to create a template of a person's face that will be stored on a database and used to help deter identify theft.

A DMV spokeswoman said the technology will be used whenever an adult is a first-time applicant for a Colorado license, including a commercial driver's license. "The intent is to assure that the person does not currently have a Colorado license in another name or identity," she said.

If an individual's new and old photos don't match, a warning is triggered and the police could be notified. Licenses also will have an invisible identifier so stores and banks can detect whether they're genuine and not made on a home computer.