NC Driver's License Suspended for Fraud Due to DMV Facial Recognition Software?

Around ten years ago the North Carolina DMV started using facial recognition software to cut driver’s license ID fraud and to battle terrorism.  This software and new technology allowed them to ensure that if someone used another person’s personal information to get an ID or a license they would ultimately be discovered.  For many this technology is just now catching up to them ten to twenty years later.

What Kind of Fake ID are we talking about?

There are several varieties of fake ID’s: the “novelty” driver’s license obtained from a private vendor, a doctored version of the underage person’s real driver’s license, a duplicate driver’s license from an older relative, friend or acquaintance who looked like the underage person, or, the gold standard: a DMV-issued driver’s license with the underage person’s picture but an older person’s name, address, and birthdate. These days, on-line vendors sell fake IDs, and facial recognition software makes it nearly impossible to obtain the gold standard fake ID from the North Carolina DMV.

Original Goal was Terrorism and Identity Theft

The facial recognition technology was a great technology to stop those involved with committing fraud and identity theft but the main victim has been college and high school students who used someone else’s information to get an over 21 license to allow them to get into clubs and bars.  For many they would get a relative or friend’s social security card and birth certificate and go to the North Carolina DMV to get a new license that showed their picture and an age of 21 or higher.  Then they would use the card to get into bars and once they turned 21 with their real license they would throw away the fake ID and move on with their lives.  Now that bad decision as a kid is catching up with many in North Carolina according to WRAL.

Ten Years Later?

Many who used this trick to get into bars and clubs are now finding out that the DMV has figured out their scheme.  As far back as ten to fifteen years after getting that ID at the DMV many are finding that it has caught up with them.  The news comes by way of a suspension and a phone call from a NC DMV License & Theft Bureau Agent.  That one shortcut from your past can catch up with you today.  Many people are totally different people with responsible jobs and families but that one mistake can still catch up with you today.

DMV Identity Theft Cases

The NC DMV is generally more interested in cases where that ID was used for purposes of identity theft, immigration crimes and of course terrorism.  Generally they are less interested in prosecuting cases where someone used a fake ID only to get into bars when a lot of time has passed.  The person whose information was used can also be brought into the DMV, interviewed and charged.  So if you allowed someone to use your information to get a fake ID then you too could find that your license was suspended or you could also be charged with a crime.

License Suspended due to facial recognition issues?  Contact Attorney Wiley Nickel.

Attorney Wiley Nickel handles DMV cases involving facial recognition software.  If the DMV contacts you about a facial recognition software case you should contact an attorney before making any statements.  You can contact DMV Charge Lawyer Wiley Nickel for a free consultation at 919-585-1486.  Our office is located in Cary, NC and we represent clients charged with possessing a Fake ID and handle facial recognition cases.  Generally the goal is a dismissal and the restoration of your driving privilege. 


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.