Arizona to launch new ID, driver license design and issuance process

Looking to renew your license or ID in Arizona? Starting this summer, the process will be a little different and more secure, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

On June 16, the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division will be launching a new program for licenses and their issuance in the state.

ADOT says that anyone visiting a Motor Vehicle Division location to get a new license will be given a temporary card to serve as identification until a formal card is received at your permanent address in about two weeks. Permanent licenses will no longer be given at the time of your visit.

In addition to new processing practices, an entirely new design has been drawn up for licenses and identification cards.

The new cards will feature a larger photo with a reflected "ghost portrait," laser perforation, an intricate design of Arizona landscapes and our state mammal, the ringtail, as well as special seals and birth dates, according to a news release.

“The redesigned credential contains enhanced security features to safeguard personal information and help prevent identity theft. The complexity of the new credential, and the security features and processes in place, don’t make it feasible to produce the permanent credential in offices for same-day issuance," ADOT says.

For those who already have a current Arizona license or ID card, you don't have to get a new one right away. The current cards will reportedly be valid until they expire or until the 12-year photo-renewal date approaches.

Getting a new card won't be any more expensive, though- cards still cost $12.

ADOT says that some offices already practice the new process of mailing permanent cards, but it will be a statewide change in mid-June.

Other states have already switched to mailed-out, identity-safe card issuances.


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