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ADOT launches new driver's license, new application process

With a primary focus on protecting a customer's personal information and protect against identity theft, ADOT has launched a new, high-security credential format.

ADOT launches new driver's license, new application process

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Jun 16, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Starting today, drivers applying for a new driver's license or identification card will use a new process and receive a newly designed license.

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division has expanded, so now customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division to obtain a new driver license will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license will be mailed to the customer within 15 days.

With a primary focus on protecting a customer's personal information and protect against identity theft, ADOT has launched a new, high-security credential format. Arizona is following a change occurring across the nation by many states with the production of a driver license with a background that contains numerous security features. The previously designed photo background was very limited in its capability to contain viable security features.

"Our top priority is always customer safety and security," said Stacey Stanton, director of ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division. "The new and improved security features better safeguard personal information. The updated issuance process has added steps for ensuring the license or identification card is delivered to the right person and helps prevent identity theft."

There is no need for a customer to rush out to an office to obtain the new credential. A current driver license or identification card will remain 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 $12 for many customers.

Security features of the 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 through the use of Guilloché innovative symmetry. A Guilloché design involves techniques consisting of intricate, repetitive patterns that are interwoven to guard against counterfeiting, altering or other fraudulent use, making for a more secure 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, declared the state mammal in 1986, is illustrated on the front of the new credential. Ringtails, found throughout the state, are cat-sized carnivores resembling a small fox with a long raccoon-like tail.