Saskatchewan's driver's licence is attractive with images that represent the beauty of Saskatchewan's diverse landscape. It includes many security features and meets international standards important for travel and other identification requirements.
The licence provides 3 advancing levels of security:
- Level 1 - features that can be easily seen or felt, such as engraved raised lettering, ultraviolet ink and a holographic-like image that displays different information when viewed from different angles
- Level 2 - features that require the use of a simple tool, such as a magnifying glass to reveal microprinting
- Level 3 - features designed for law enforcement and forensic purposes
There are also 3 bar codes on the new licence:
- Driver's licence information - contains the information on the front of the card and is used by third parties, such as law enforcement, to verify the data displayed on the card has not been altered
- Customer number - provides quick access to customer files for SGI and motor licence issuers
- Card inventory number - unique to every card, it ensures the card is authentic
Facial recognition technology selects facial features from an image and searches for possible matches within a database.
Saskatchewan plans to introduce facial recognition technology for driver’s licences in 2016. This technology provides identity verification, which ensures the driver’s licence/photo ID cards in Saskatchewan are secure and reliable.
Protects your identity
Facial recognition technology will benefit Saskatchewan drivers from a traffic safety perspective by preventing suspended drivers from using a false identity to get a licence. Facial recognition technology also helps prevent fraud. It will protect Saskatchewan residents from identity theft and prevent multiple licences and/or photo ID cards from being issued to different people using one person’s identification.
How it works
Facial recognition technology accuracy has improved significantly over the last decade. Photo capture technology ensures any photos taken are of acceptable quality for use in the facial recognition system.
When a photo is enrolled into the facial recognition system, the system creates a numerical template of the photo by using landmarks on the face, for example the distance between the eyes, and the size and/or shape of the eyes, nose, cheekbones and jaw. Then, the system compares the numeric template of the new photo to the numeric template of your previous one. Next, it compares the numeric template of your photo to the numeric template of all other photos in the database, to confirm the photo is not associated with any other customer in the database.
The number of false matches will be dependent on the quality of the photos captured in the SGI database. SGI monitors the facial recognition system to ensure that it is returning accurate results. The use of facial recognition is not entirely reliant on the system/technology. There is a second level of verification, where a human reviews all possible matches or mismatches identified by the system.
Customer privacy is very important to SGI. The corporation is required to follow the statutes outlined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This means only SGI will have access to the facial recognition database. However, if law enforcement subpoenas a record or has a warrant, SGI will provide them with the information that is requested.