September 29th, 2010 Categories: Whatever
Maybe you’re new to Virginia or haven’t needed to renew your driver’s license recently. So please, be forewarned when you do go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - NO SMILING is allowed.
Yes, that’s right, NO SMILING at the DMV.
Oh, you can smile at the clerks, at the small child playing on the floor beside your chair, you can even smile at the security guards. But when it comes time for your picture, NO SMILING at the DMV.
According to the Washington Post, the DMV, as part of an effort “to develop super-secure driver’s licenses and foolproof identification cards, the agency has issued a smile ban, directing customers to adopt a ‘neutral expression’ in their portraits . . . the agency is working on a facial recognition system that could compare customers’ photographs over time to prevent fraud and identity theft.”
DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said, “To prepare for the possibility of future security enhancements, we’re asking customers to maintain a neutral expression.”
Virginia is not alone in this NO SMILING policy. Arkansas, Indiana and Nevada have similar rules.
Fix your hair, put on your makeup and earrings, adjust your glasses, wear a flattering color but NO SMILING.