NEW YORK – Governor Cuomo announced last Friday that the New York 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. 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.
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 enable DMV investigators to know immediately if an out-of-state license or ID is authentic.