BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Louisiana is transitioning to a new driver’s license and identification card that contains new features for greater security, protection of privacy, and resistance to tampering.
The new license will look similar to the old one, but will have multiple layers of security features, all linked to each other.
A few examples are:
- Tri-color overlay
- Multi-colored fine line printing
- “Ghost” image of the customers photo
Louisiana last updated driver’s licenses and identification cards in 2001 with the introduction of digital licenses for improved security.
It is important to note that customers are NOT required to obtain a new license or identification card until their current one expires. The process for obtaining or renewing a driver license will not change and the cost will remain the same.
OMV Commissioner Stephen Campbell all offices are expected to have the new system in place by the end of May 2014. If citizens obtain a card at an office that has not been converted to the new system, the license or ID will still be valid.
OMV anticipates it will take a minimum of four years to phase out the old design.