The Oregon House has approved a bill that would require a
facial “fingerprint” on driver’s licenses and identification cards issued in
Representatives voted 42-17 Wednesday, Aug. 3, to advance
the measure billed as a tool to help fight identity theft. SB640, which passed
the Senate 28-2 earlier this week, now heads to Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s desk for
Oregon residents would pay $2 more for the advanced security
measures expected to run the state more than $700,000 during the next four
years, the Statesman Journal in Salem reported.
Driver’s licenses and IDs now have photographs. Under the
bill, the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services division would collect
“biometric” data – digital maps of facial features – for each applicant. The
faces of new applicants would be compared with others in a database.
When data matches those on file for a person, a license
would be issued. The scan would be compared to millions stored in the state
database to help prevent someone from getting a new license or ID in a
If signed into law, Oregon would join 17 other states
already using or planning to use similar technology, the newspaper reported.
The new rule would take effect by July 2008.