A couple of days ago, a friend asked me to let them see my driver's license.  I handed it over and after they looked at it, they told me I was breaking the law.  Huh?  They said that it was a law in New Jersey that you can't be smiling in the photo on your license.

To be honest, I'm surprised I was actually smiling.  I'm sure the picture was taken after enduring several hours in & out of lines at the DMV.  Anyway, being the skeptic that I am, I had to find out whether or not my friend was correct...and guess what?  He was!  Here's what I found online...

In an article from all the way back in 2012 on HuffingtonPost.com, it does say that the state had "banned smiling in driver’s license photos because facial recognition software works better when subjects have a neutral expression."  The article goes on to quote a spokesperson from the DMV who said that small smiles are allowed, but big grins are not.  That may be why I wasn't asked to pose for another picture.  I think my smile was more of a "I'm glad this is over" smirk as opposed to a "I just hit the jackpot" grin.

So are you a law breaker too?  Better go check your wallet.


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