Maryland officials unveiled the state’s new driver’s license Friday, which they say will make it one of the most secure IDs in the country.
The new cards meet all state and federal standards and are REAL ID compliant. Features include a more durable card, laser engraving, tactile text that’s difficult to tamper with and a unique number and bar code for each card holder.
Veterans will also be able to have the “veteran” designation appear on the front of their license or ID card.
The new cards feature Maryland symbols including the Chesapeake blue crab, Oriole bird and the State House.
All new products will be printed and mailed from a high-security Motor Vehicle Administration facility. A similar central mailing process is used to deliver U.S. Passports, credit cards and other important documents.
MVA will begin issuing the new cards for all learner’s permits and new ID cards, and for licenses/ID cards renewed via web, kiosk and U.S. mail starting June 20. Beginning July 11, everyone applying for a new driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card will receive the new card.
If a customer’s license or ID is valid and not up for renewal, they don’t need to do anything until it’s time to renew.