DMV Program Targets Fake IDs

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a pilot program using technology to crack down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs.

Developed by New York-based company Intellicheck Inc., the technology, which is only available to law enforcement, enables investigators to scan a license or ID using the Intellicheck “Law ID” app on the investigator’s smartphone and match it against driving records from all 50 states. Within seconds, investigators will know if an ID is authentic or not. New York is the first state in the nation to pilot the program.

“Underage drinking can lead to bad decisions and situations with potentially lifelong consequences,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I’m proud to launch this new pilot program that capitalizes on exciting new technology developed right here in the Empire State and will aid in our efforts to crack down on this reckless and dangerous behavior.”

Throughout the year, DMV investigators are present at concerts and bars across New York state to check identifications and to prevent those under the age of 21 from purchasing alcohol. Known as the Operation Prevent Campaign, DMV works closely with the state Liquor Authority, State Police, State Park Police and local law enforcement on this effort. Since the start of the summer enforcement season, 211 people have been arrested for possessing fake identifications or trying to consume alcohol while underage.

When conducting Operation Prevent events, DMV investigators frequently encounter underage individuals with fake, out-of-state licenses and IDs. Use of the “Law ID” app will help DMV investigators to know immediately if an out-of-state license or ID is authentic.