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OMV: New cards should have ‘greater security’

Last Modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:42 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Louisiana is all set to transition to a new driver’s license and identification card that will create better identity protection.

The state’s Office of Motor Vehicles released a statement that said the new licenses and ID cards will have “greater security, protection of privacy and resistance to tampering.”

The three changes include a tri-color overlay, multi-colored fine line printing and a “ghost” image of the resident’s photo.

“We haven’t had these changes before,” said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police public information officer. “These are things that have been used successfully by other states because it enhances the security of their driver’s licenses.”

The last time licenses and ID cards received an update was in 2001 during the transition to digital printing.

Louisiana residents are not required to get a new license or ID card until their current card expires, according to the OMV. The process and cost related to renewal will not change.

“The driver’s license is nationally accepted as the photo identification of choice,” he said. “This is an effort on behalf of Louisiana to make ours more difficult to counterfeit.”

Colonel Mike Edmonson, Department of Public Safety Deputy Secretary, added that it will protect residents against fraud.

“If you are at a merchant and you are required to show your driver’s license with a credit card it will be more difficult to get away with a counterfeited ID,” Anderson said. “It will make it a lot more difficult to make counterfeit IDs with these standards.”

The OMV expects the transition will take four years for full implementation.

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