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5/5/2014 6:00:00 AM
New driver's license introduced in Arizona
Drivers will get temporary card first; permanent card protects ID
A sample of the new-look Arizona driver’s license.
A sample of the new-look Arizona driver’s license.
New ID security features:
• A larger primary portrait with a smaller redundant ghost portrait ensuring customer appearance is clearly reflected.

• A high-security design using unique Arizona geological features in the background created by using many different patterns, lines and images. This provides the overall look of the credential.

• A laser perforation in the shape of Arizona, which when held up to the light is used to quickly authenticate the credential.

• Tactile date of birth field to assist in authenticating the credential using the sense of touch. The date in this field will have a raised feel to it.

• Tri-color Optically Variable Device consisting of the state outline, the state name "Arizona," the state seal, a saguaro cactus and a star. This laminate overlay provides the final layer of the credential and provides one more feature for authentication. The ringtail, the state mammal, is illustrated on the front of the new credential.

PHOENIX - Coming soon to your wallet or handbag: a newly designed Arizona driver license, and a new process to get it.

Beginning June 16, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is expanding central credential issuance to all offices, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office for a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential.

The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the customer and received within 15 days.

ADOT is also introducing a redesigned, high-security credential. Both changes are aimed at preventing against identity theft.

"As part of the new central credential issuance process, a redesigned driver license and identification card is being introduced," said Stacey Stanton, director of ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division. "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."

Current driver licenses and identification cards will be valid until the expiration date, or at least until the 12-year mark when the photo needs to be refreshed.

"With the new central issuance process, it is critical that customers keep their address updated with MVD," Stanton said.

State law requires that residents notify the Motor Vehicle Division of an address change within 10 days, although the purchase of a new credential isn't required. Address changes can be made online at

This process has already been in place in 14 of ADOT's offices in communities and in the authorized third party offices that process driver licenses. This change will expand it to all offices statewide.

The temporary driver license or identification card will contain a photo and the basic information that appears on the actual credential. As in other states that have moved to this process, the decision to accept the temporary credential as proof of identity rests with the organization requesting to see the license or identification card.

The process of central credential issuance is used by most states around the country and is a growing trend as states transition to higher-security credentials.

For at least 12 years, there will be more than one valid Arizona credential format.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: it's all about you .....

all I'll say is that, if their security features encode more personal information than you would be comfortable with, the government won't be candid about it. So the question may be - how much information can be embedded in a driver license? (with our incremental tyranny, laws will probably be passed requiring hotels and other facilities to swipe your license in order to provide services - this is already taking place at some public schools)

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: R .

Yes, sending the drivers license in the mail will curb identity theft, what a great idea...*rolls eyes*

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Can't Wait for The Comments on This Article

Look out. The Tea B's, Minutemen, Ditto Heads, 10ers (representing Mohave County at Clive's place), anti-American Republicans (opps make that anti-government Republicans) and all the conspiracy wackos will have a field day.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Lookin' Good

Man, I hope I look that good when I`m 57!

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