State introduces new driver’s license to enhance security


The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) began issuing updated driver’s licenses and identification cards this week, aimed to enhance security and protect Utahns from fraud, and Gov. Gary R. Herbert was first in line to renew his driver’s license Monday.

“I am impressed with the changes made and happy to be one of the first to renew my license,” Gov. Herbert said. “The newly designed license and state ID cards will enhance public safety and improve privacy protection for all Utahns.”

This is the first time since 2005 that Utah residents will have a newly designed driver’s license in their wallets. The new license features enhanced security to prevent fraud and protect citizens from counterfeiting and alteration. Security features include a laser perforation of a beehive and a laser engraved ghost image as well as 1D and 2D barcodes.

The DLD’s efforts to improve license security is a reflection of the organization’s transition to digital innovation and can also be seen in their paperless skills testing. Digital advancements are reducing costs for the taxpayer and saving time for patrons and employees.

Utah’s 27 driver’s license offices across the state have reduced wait times significantly over the past year and improved license distribution and testing. The average wait time per citizen is now just five minutes. Part of that success can be attributed to the governor’s challenge to state agencies to increase efficiency in government by 25 percent by Dec. 2016.

Utahns will not need to renew their license or state ID card immediately. Licenses with the updated design will be issued over the next five years and will replace the older cards as they expire.

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