PennDOT reveals new design for driver licenses, photo IDs

Your driver’s license and photo IDs will soon have a new look.

On Monday, PennDOT announced that it’s updating the design and security features on licenses and photo IDs.

Some of the enhanced features include:

  • Guilloche Security Design, a feature that includes sophisticated techniques to embed a variety of customized security patterning into the credential, using non-commercial software developed specifically for high-security documents (banknotes, passports, ID cards, etc);
  • Optically Variable Ghost Portrait and Variable Data with UV, features that change their appearance when the viewing angle of the card changes, which moves them from fully visible to non-visible. The card also includes an ultraviolet (UV) response that fluoresces under UV lighting. The UV response is fixed – visible under UV light regardless of viewing angle;
  • Dynamic Look Through Element (DLTE), a dynamic feature with gold metallic tint that is visible under direct lighting.

PennDOT is making the changes to cut down on fraud and fake cards.

All driver and photo centers will transition to the new cards by mid-November of this year.

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