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The “Law ID” app will enable DMV investigators to know immediately if an out-of-state license or ID is authentic.
By Forum Staff
The State Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a pilot program using state-of-the-art technology to crack down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.
Developed by New York-based Intellicheck Inc., the technology 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, Cuomo noted.
According to the administration, throughout the year, DMV investigators are present at concerts and bars across New York 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.
“Underage drinking can lead to bad decisions and situations with potentially lifelong consequences,” Cuomo said. “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.”
Since the start of the summer enforcement season, 211 people have been arrested in New York for possessing fake identifications or trying to consume alcohol while underage. In one instance, on July 30, DMV investigators conducted an Operation Prevent at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater during the Kesha concert. As a result, 21 people were charged with possessing false identifications. In total, 30 documents were confiscated, 29 of which were fictitious. Nine people abandoned their documents before they could be cited.
The State noted that 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 enable DMV investigators to know immediately if an out-of-state license or ID is authentic.
“With the help of innovative technology, we are better able to keep potentially dangerous drivers off the roads, making it safer for all who use them. We will be at concerts all summer long, and we want people to enjoy them responsibly. Do not drink and drive, do not try to buy alcohol when you are not old enough, and never let anyone else use your license to buy beer or other alcoholic beverages,” said Terri Egan, DMV executive deputy commissioner and acting chairwoman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.