New York State will get a new design and full makeover on their driver’s license, making it harder for people to forge.
Effective in July the state will change the look of their long-time current driver’s license that will have a new production method in place.
The new driver’s license will have a black and white photo of the driver, images and graphics will be laser-engraved in grayscale on rigid polycarbonate.
Most important, there will also be some subtle changes, making the licenses virtually impossible to forge.
“We see the New York driver’s license as the first line of defense,” said J. David Sampson, executive deputy commissioner of the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
The new license card will also be so hard and stiff, that when dropped, it will sound like a CD disk was dropped.
Also, the driver’s image will float in a transparent window and will be visible on both sides of the card, the New York Times reported.
New York State will be the second state to adopt this new and defensive driver’s license card.
Virginia was the first state to issue this type of card in 2009, and according to Pam Goheen, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, they have not seen “credible” forgery to such card so far.
New York State officials said that the type of changes to the driver’s license and move to this solid and monolithic card will help reduce forgeries that lead to identity theft, under-age drinking and possible terrorist attacks.