Monday, June 24, 2024

State to issue newly designed, more secure licenses and IDs

The new license and ID designs will be rolled out this week from the NCDMV. (Courtesy photo)

Identifications and drivers’ licenses issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will have a new appearance beginning this summer.

This week new designs are being issued, with the old phased out by the end of June. The new cards are more secure to help combat fraud, with design elements including 50 new features.

According to DMV Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, they will be “among the most secure identifying documents in the world.”

A polycarbonate card, each ID or license will be completed with laser engraving technology to create embossed and debossed patterns and lettering. It will feel stiffer and make a unique metallic sound when dropped onto a hard surface.

Blue and green accents will represent the state’s rolling hills and nature, to include the state flower — the dogwood — with the North Carolina flag outlining the ID border. An image of a marbled salamander and a lighthouse are on the front, while the back features a Colonial Spanish mustang grazing along a southeastern North Carolina shoreline.

All current licenses and ID cards remain valid until the expiration date.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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