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CT Driver’s License Gets New Look

HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin testing a newly designed driver’s license and non-driver identification card that has state-of-the-art security features to further prevent fraud.

A phase-in of the new credentials will start May 20 with the Wethersfield DMV office followed by other DMV offices offering them by June 30. Drivers’ licenses and identification cards with the previous design will remain valid until their expiration date.

“This is truly a 21st century identification document,” Rell said. “The enhanced design assures greater security and gives Connecticut citizens another layer of protection against fraud and identity theft.”

The new license features a salmon-colored banner across the top and the non-driver identification cards have a green banner. Those changes are among several modifications DMV is making as part of its routine upgrade of the credentials and to keep in step with new technologies.

- Trends Some Encouraging Public Matters Health “We are always trying to improve our licensing process,” DMV Commissioner Robert Ward said. “This takes us several more steps in that direction. By issuing this new credential, Connecticut continues to meet high standards in driver’s license security in America.”

The enhanced security features include:

- Trends Some Encouraging Public Matters Health * An embedded graphic of the Charter Oak tree within the center of the card that is only visible when held up to a bright light.

* An image of a lighthouse that will appear as a hologram when the credential is held under ultra-violet light.

* A special laminate with security features that will cover both sides of the card.

* A second bar code and unique serial number located on the back of each card. The serial number, which is also contained within the bar code, will be connected to the customer’s identity record.

* Other hidden security elements.

- Trends Some Encouraging Public Matters Health - Trends Some Encouraging Public Matters Health The new card will also feature more prominently the license or identification number, date of birth, and expiration date in bold letters. The date when 16 and 17-year-old card holders will turn 18 will appear in a yellow box adjacent to the person’s photo so that young drivers transitioning from teen driving laws can be spotted more easily.

The current fee for a driver’s license is $66 and is valid for six years.

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