Security is behind the new credentials
Starting Tuesday, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new, Florida driver license and ID card that officials say will be much more secure.
The new credential will only be available at select locations in August, which do not include Alachua, Lake, Marion or Sumter counties. New locations will be added monthly until the new credentials are available at all service centers throughout Florida and online by the end of December. Communications Director Beth Frady said the additional locations will be added to the website flhsmv.gov/newD at the start of each month.
As to why the move is being made, a news release from the department stated: “The new credential design incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet ink and optically variable features.”
The new credentials will feature header colors that denote the type of license the customer holds, such as driver’s license and learner’s permit. Credentials held by those under age 21 will display a red box on the front that shows the date through which the person will be under the age of 21.
The new design incorporates designations for lifetime sportsman, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses, as well as for veterans, organ donors, those who are deaf/hard of hearing and the developmentally disabled.
People are only required to replace their current driver license or ID card if the credential has reached its expiration or a change is needed, such as name or address.
According to the department, motorcycle endorsements will no longer be spelled out on the front of licenses. Motorcycle-also and motorcycle-only endorsements will be designated by an “A” or “O” on the front and by a “A-MTRCL Also” or “O-MTRCL Only” on the back.
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