DMV gives Virginians a reason to smile

Sample image of Virginia Driver's License. Photo courtesy: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

RICHMOND (WAVY) – Here’s some news from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that will make you smile.

Now, when you go to get a driver’s license or identification card, you will once again be able to flash a smile for the camera. The DMV made the announcement Monday.

In 2009, the Virginia DMV adopted a “neutral expression policy.” Customers have only been allowed to smile slightly, as long as they didn’t show any teeth. This was in preparation for the future use of image verification software. Since then technology has advanced, allowing smiles, although the DMV is still not using the software.

If your driver’s license or ID card has not yet expired, but you would like a new photo, you can head to any DMV customer service center or DMV 2 Go mobile office to get it retaken. It would cost you $20 to get a replacement driver’s license or $10 for a new ID card.

To find a DMV location near you, click here.

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