DMV Officials: No smiles on new RI driver licenses

By: News Staff


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PROVIDENDCE, R.I. – Changes are coming to the Rhode Island DMV that won’t leave you smiling, and we aren’t talking about longer lines.

The Division of Motor Vehicles announced there will be a transition to make driver’s licenses more secure.

New guidelines released by MorphoTrust USA says you won’t be saying "cheese" while getting your drivers license picture.

In fact, all license pictures must now meet the following standards:

  • Shoulders must be square to the camera.
  • Facial expression is neutral.
  • The mouth is closed.
  • The eyes are wide open (normally).
  • Hair must not cover the eyes or brow.
  • You must remove all head covers and glasses.

This is part of upgrades to the State’s facial recognition software used to take driver’s license photos.

Work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the State will be installing new cameras that will be introduced with the new cards.

Spokesman for the DMV Paul Grimaldi told ABC6 News:  

“The cameras will be installed by the end of the summer at all work stations in the DMV’s main office in Cranston, its branch offices in Middletown, Wakefield, Warren, Westerly and Woonsocket, as well as AAA offices.”

Authorities noted Rhode Island licenses with the existing design and features will remain valid throughout the transition period, and will remain valid until their expiration date.

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