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ADOT facial recognition guards against identity fraud

Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 20:20:35-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation's facial recognition technology has brought in more than 100 cases of identity theft to court since beginning in 2015.

According to ADOT, the process starts when a person applies for a new license or ID at a Motor Vehicle Division.

After your photo is taken, it goes through a check against all other photos in the state driver license database.

If a photo matches another photo, it is then sent to the FBI where they undergo three levels of review to verify that the photos are the same person.

“This high-tech tool has really enhanced our ability to catch identity thieves,” said Michael Lockhart, chief of the Office of Inspector General. “When we couple this technology with other security measures like central credential issuance, it allows us to stop these criminals and keep Arizona IDs out of their hands.”