The Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Association will begin issue the new secure driver's license and identification cards Monday.
The new cards feature multiple layers of security to help prevent identity theft and fraud. If your current license is not due for renewal, there's nothing you need to do until it's time to renew.
"The Maryland driver's license and ID card is crucial for residents, businesses and law enforcement, and we must do everything in our power to ensure these documents cannot be counterfeited by criminals," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn in a statement. "Marylanders can be confident that we are providing them with the most secure license and ID in the nation, with cutting-edge security features that will safeguard their personal information."
The new security features include:
- Polycarbonate card body - more durable and temper-resistant
- Laser engraving - maximum protection against forgery
- Changeable laser image - allows two or more images to occupy the same area
- Tactile text - raised print making it difficult to tamper
- Inventory control number - a unique number and barcode to verify that the car was issues to the cardholder
Beginning July 11, everyone applying for a new driver's license, learner's permit or ID card will receive the new card through the mail. When applying, the MVA asks you to do the following:
- Bring any required documents
- Take any required tests
- Have photo taken
- Pay at this office
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