Officials unveil newly redesigned Maryland Driver's License

Maryland officials on Monday unveiled a redesigned driver’s license with new security features. (WBFF)

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WBFF) - Maryland officials on Monday unveiled a redesigned driver's license with new security features and iconic state symbols like the Chesapeake blue crab, Oriole bird and the State House.

According to transportation officials, the redesign was necessary to protect citizens from identity theft and counterfeiting. Maryland ID cards and learner's permits were also a part of the redesign.

Examples of the cutting-edge security features include:

Polycarbonate card body -- more durable and tamper-resistant;

Laser engraving -- maximum protection against forgery;

Changeable laser image -- allows two or more images to occupy the same area;

Tactile text -- raised print making it difficult to tamper; and

Inventory control number -- a unique number and barcode to verify that the card was issued to the cardholder.

The new cards are laser-engraved and meet or exceed federal real I.D. Standards, officials said, and will be printed and mailed within 7 to 10 days from a high-security MVA facility. This centralized mailing process will help limit access to cards materials, equipment and personnel information, joing more than 30 other states that currently mail their licenses and ID cards to residents. (The MVA also offers the option to get cards the next day through the U.S. Postal Service).

Veterans will also have the opportunity to have the "VETERAN" designation on the front of the license or ID card.

"I know first-hand how proud Maryland Veterans will be to finally have the Veteran designation on the front of the new secure card," said Veterans Affairs Secretary Owings. "I want to thank the Department of Transportation for putting this important designation out front for those who have protected this nation, out front!"

The last update to Maryland's driver's license was unveiled in 2003.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn joined Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer, Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary George W. Owings III and Maryland State Police Lt. Colonel Anthony Satchell to make the announcement.

"Marylanders will be protected against identity theft and fraud with these new cards," said Transportation Secretary Rahn. "We are proud to safeguard their personal information."

"This is an exciting day for the citizens of Maryland and for all those who serve our state in a public safety capacity," said Lt. Colonel Anthony Satchell, Commander of the Field Operations Bureau of the Maryland State Police. "Together, we continue to improve efficiency, using enhanced technology and collaboration with our allied agencies to target criminal activity."

The redesigned new ID cards, learner's permits and renewed cards will begin being issued on June 20. Starting on July 11, everyone applying for a new license, permit or ID cards will receive the new, more secure version.

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