Modern multi-modal biometric technology allows for the inclusion of unique biometric data to be captured and stored on drivers licenses. This allows for secure and reliable registration, identification and verification of individuals based on the presentation of their valid drivers licenses.

The use of metal, plastic or laminated drivers license cards that store only biographic data on barcodes, or simply printed or etched onto the card is outdated and vulnerable to fraud, fake licenses, and identity theft.

With more modern technology mini computer chips (EMV chips) can be embedded into PVC cards storing a person’s unique biometric features, as well as relevant biographic data, driver qualification, and motor vehicle license registration data. By capturing a drivers license applicant’s unique biometric features (such as fingerprint, photo ID, face, or iris) at the point of application for a drivers license or motor vehicle registration allows road and transport regulatory agencies, as well as relevant border control and law enforcement officials, to reliably and accurately identify an individual when required to do so at drivers license testing sites, border control points, toll roads, road-worthy tests, and police stations.

Drivers licenses cards can include additional security features such as holograms, printed card verification numbers, embossed numbers, optically variable ink, and data that is only visible under ultra-violet light. These security features along with unique biometric features all reduce identity fraud, identity theft, and provide the potential for road and transport agencies to integrate with other electronic government databases.

The integration of smart biometric drivers license into a single central database, with secure access to other government databases such as national identity, criminal databases, banking, and road agencies will allow for smoother transactions with regard to initial and repeat motor vehicle registration fees, road worthy tests, traffic violation payments, toll fees, and vehicle tracking.

The benefits of a smart biometric drivers license card go beyond the integration of necessary regulatory fees and secure identity verification. For example: in the event of an accident, emergency services can scan a drivers license for access to critical medical insurance information, and medical histories. Organ donor information can also be stored on drivers license cards.

Smart biometric drivers license cards can also be used to replace national ID cards, or passports, and used as proof of identity when required by retailers, banks, mobile phone operators or law enforcement officers.

Laxton’s provides customized biometric hardware and software solutions for drivers licenses and motor vehicle registration. Our rugged biometric registration kits are ideal for temporary check points and sites with limited infrastructure while our sophisticated biometric selfservice kiosks, can be installed at permanent sites such as license agencies, police stations, and post offices, to register eligible drivers, capture biometric and biographic information, transact on regulatory fees and traffic violations, print drivers license cards, and scan ID documents.

Laxton’s range of rugged mobile biometric devices include 8″ and 5″ handheld devices, and 4-4-2 fingerprint readers for on-site identity registration and verification by officials and traffic patrol officers.

All of Laxton’s solutions include customized software that can be modularized to customer specification.

Biometric Drivers License Benefits:


  • Secure and reliable driver identity
  • Prevention of identity theft and identity fraud
  • Integration with electronic government databases such as national identity and criminal databases
  • Improved efficiencies on drivers license and motor vehicle transactions: license fees and repeat payments
  • Improved tracking and monitoring of traffic violations

Driver License Application and Registration Process