If governor signs bill, Oregon IDs will include facial 'fingerprints'

| 8/4/2005

The Oregon House has approved a bill that would require a facial “fingerprint” on driver’s licenses and identification cards issued in the state.

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 his signature.

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 different name.

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.