SACRAMENTO (CBS) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Wednesday unveiled a new drivers’ license that includes added security features to protect against fraud, tampering and counterfeiting.

Some of the new features include tactile date of birth and signatures; hidden images that can only be seen with ultraviolet lights; a bar code on the back for verification of the information displayed on the front; and a laser perforation outline of the California Brown Bear visible when a flashlight is shone through the card.

California’s Driver License Getting New Look

In addition, cards issued to persons under 21 will come in a vertical layout.

“The new security features, coupled with advanced technology, make California driver licenses and identification cards one of the most secure identification documents in the country,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “We are confident that they will be well-received by residents, businesses and law enforcement officials.”

The information presented on the cards will not change with the new design.

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Although the new cards have started to be issued, existing license and ID cardholders will not be required to get new cards until their existing cards expire.

“It is very important to understand that cardholders are not required to get new cards until the expiration date printed on their current cards.” said Director Valverde. “Remember, when it is time to renew your card, DMV has many services that are offered online to help customers avoid going into the field offices.”

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Comments (19)
  1. Doug says:

    Why do we even care to have a license? If an officer enforces the law of Driving without a License, he or she is considered a racist. If an American citizen requires that everyone here have a California license the ACLU get involved and people scream racism. Simply amazing! Just do away with it and good luck when someone without a license hits you or your car.

  2. FFL says:

    How quickly will the illegal alien Mexicans take to forge it and sell it in Mac Arthur park near downtown LA? Good luck- when you make a better mousetrap all you get is better mice!

  3. notlovinLA says:

    Yeah, I’m thinking the same as FFL. I don’t assume these new features, while they are rather cool, will prevent illegal aliens from getting one. After all, it’s the crooked DMV workers that give them ID for the right price.

  4. rockeater says:

    It’s not enough that we pay outrageous prices for yearly reg, smog checks and many other expensive,
    moronic quirks to the DMV and other state coffers,
    but now we have THIS idiotic new license format.
    The DMV and other state agencies are no more that
    spawns of real life Jabba The Hut.

  5. whmcs lisans says:

    She was so beautiful I did not know

  6. Claudia Conde says:

    i think people are really ignorant and dumb, who cares let the government do as they please and people with all these racism remarks you are lower than trash on this planet, unless they are hurting you in any way shape or form get the hell over it. don’t get mad because they can do your job better, its sad they are willing to make anything an hour to make sure their family servive while americans get so greedy look at where our economy has come to. open your eyes you get no where in live being racist or negative minded.

  7. American and Legal says:

    Im going to assume that Claudia Conde is NOT an American. Go write for El Tribunos and stop wasting us good Americans time by reading your Bull!

  8. Villa says:

    WOW!! This is about unveiling the new DL not about racism’s. I’m Mexican American please, you want to be proud Americans get your facts first; you do know that The United States was built on nothing but all ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. It was done many years ago and it will continue, like it or not. We are only doing what your ancestors did. Come to a country were we all believe we’ll have a better life. And FFL you must be hiding under a rock because Mexicans are not the only illegals. Save your comment and your time I was only here to see the new DL I’m not coming back to read your negative replies, thus do yourself a favorite.

  9. Mike Jones says:

    This is a piece of cake to forge…

    only problem i see for us minors is getting a UV printer (maybe the holly bear too). But a new market will open for them soon enough

  10. Danniel Filth says:

    did anybody ever read up on the government trying to put chips on the id “so that when were near a border they call tell who it is” smells a little fishy to me…

  11. Ablewood9 says:

    Listen fools!

    I’m assuming the DMV issues updated cards to protect against counterfitting. It has more to do with identity theft and crime than it does keeping illegal aliens from obtaining a valid ID card or license. Illegals who want a card are going to get one anyhow. There’s absolutely no way to stop this. We can only combat the problem.

    As for you racism fans, you’re probably all illegal or the child of one. When you come into the US without following proper protocol, YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW! When your parents came here that way, they too were breaking the law.

    I don’t know how, when or why this ocurred but, there became this sense of entitlement particularly among Mexicans from Mexico desiring US residency. They seem to think that just because there relatives are living here illegallyand have been for years, they too should be able to come in droves unchecked.

    Just because your relatives broke the law and have yet to be caught, doesn’t mean you can do the same. The sooner you figure this out, the better off we’ll all be. We won’t have YOU illegally utilizing our social services and becoming a huge part of our National debt problem. There’s a reason nobody is rushing to cross the border into Mexico to live a more prosperous life. I have a great idea! Why not talk to your President and have him provide for you all the things you steal from us along the lines of social services, etc when you enter the US illegally.

    For those legal aliens. . .
    Thanks for providing something we all need. The help you provide us with our kids, farms, yada, yada, yada. There is a place for you here as long as you enter legally and contribute to the system which has allowed you to be here.
    BTW, I am proud to be a Mexican American who lives here legally.

  12. rick says:

    when the hell are we gonna get our ID’s i been waiting months now!!!!

  13. linda stinson says:

    My husband applied for his renewed license in February and it’s now mid-May and he’s still waiting for it! He got a piece of paper from the DMV verifying it’s “COMING SOON” but he has a flight this month and needs a VALID LICENSE to fly! So he has to go BACK to the fidiots at the DMV and try to get something that validates his existence. This demonstrates how incompetent government workers are – do you REALLY want our healhcare system run by the government? DUH! As for the comment in this venue claiming this country was founded by illegal immigrants, my Irish ancestors arrived in this country through Ellis Island LEGALLY.

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