Arizona License and ID cards are getting an updated look

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New security features to further reduce the ability for fraud

Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) will be releasing brand new driver’s licenses and ID cards this March. The new design will include several new security features that help prevent counterfeit reproductions or fraudulent use. 

Attempted counterfeits of driver’s licenses and ID cards continue to be a concern for law enforcement, as well as personal information security. The advancement of security features in the card helps prevents those counterfeit attempts from success. The new design, which highlights several Arizona features, is a result of a new contract with Thales Group. Thales was selected through a procurement process as the new vendor, because of the company’s ability to provide the latest security features on driver’s licenses and ID cards. 

New features of this card include: 

  • 100% polycarbonate material that consists of multiple layers of plastic, fused together without adhesives, to form a solid structure impervious to tampering. The high durability of polycarbonate also provides the longest lifespan of any card, allowing for extended card life without compromise. 
  • Laser-engraved information and black and white photo.
  • “Dynaprint,” with two high-resolution images that appear based on the angle of the card, provides front-line authenticators with the assurance that the card is genuine and strong protection against duplication or reproduction efforts. 
  • Saguaro cactus and ponderosa pine tree images were selected to represent the diversity of Arizona terrain and communities.
  • “Secure Surface” is another security feature that incorporates a slightly raised surface and provides a subtle feel to part of the card. This is another quick authenticator for law enforcement and other authorities. It also helps reduce potential alterations or fraudulent cards. 

The new cards will be available for both the Travel ID and the standard ID in mid-March. 

The current card design will continue to be issued for requests through Feb. 28 and will remain valid until the expiration date.  

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