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Indiana boosts security on driver's licenses, ID cards

Indiana is redesigning its driver's licenses and ID cards with improved security features aimed at protecting identities.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 9:23 AM

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana is redesigning its driver's licenses and ID cards with improved security features aimed at protecting identities.

WISH-TV reported that the new design includes a laser-engraved photo in black and white.

"I think that'll be the most noticeable feature that somebody notices," said Peter Lacy, the commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The birth date is now raised and tactile to ensure authenticity.

"You can actually feel that on the card. That's a great tool for law enforcement to use to check the validity of the card," said Kevin Garvey, the bureau's chief operating officer.

Another noticeable change is the circular window at the bottom right corner of the card that features a sheer photo of the card holder. The image shows on both sides of the card in either a gold or clear background depending on the angle it's held.

Special inks will also help authenticate cards. When cards are placed under ultraviolet light, the Indiana seal with the torch and stars will show up.

"We take the security of those cards very seriously and want to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect your identity," Lacy said.

The bureau said people whose cards expire soon can get one of the new cards. All Indiana BMV branches are expected to offer the new cards by mid-July.

The goal is for everyone to have the new cards by 2026.

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