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AZ driver's licenses get makeover to battle ID theft

Newly designed Arizona driver's license (Source: ADOT) Newly designed Arizona driver's license (Source: ADOT)
Front and back of new driver's license (Source: ADOT) Front and back of new driver's license (Source: ADOT)
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Motorists in Arizona now have a newly redesigned driver's license and a new way to obtain one.

Beginning Monday, June 16, customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office to get a new driver's license or ID card leave with a temporary credential. Customers will receive a permanent license or ID card in the mail within 15 days.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has also launched a new, high-security credential format.

Both changes are designed to protect against identity theft.

A current driver's license or identification card will still be valid until its expiration date – or at least until the 12-year mark when the photo needs to be refreshed.

The price of a duplicate credential remains unchanged at $12 for many customers.

"With the new central issuance process it is critical that customers keep their address updated with MVD," said Stacey Stanton, director of ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division.

The process was already been in place in 14 of ADOT's offices in communities in Greater Arizona and in the authorized third party offices that process driver licenses, but on Monday the change was expanded to all offices statewide.

The temporary driver license or identification card contains a photo and the basic information that appears on the actual credential.

Security features of this new credential include:

  • A larger primary portrait with a smaller redundant ghost portrait ensuring customer appearance is clearly reflected.
  • A high-security design comprised of 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, illustrated on the front of the new credential.

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