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Arizona redesigns driver's licenses and ID cards. Here’s what they look like

Arizona driver’s licenses and ID cards are getting a brand-new look.

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division announced Monday that beginning in March, the updated design “will include several new security features that help prevent counterfeit reproductions or fraudulent use.”

“New security features include: 100% polycarbonate material, which completely makes the card more stable itself and harder to peel apart, so you can’t add fake information in, you can’t change the photo," said Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesperson for ADOT. "The photo itself will actually be a black and white laser engraved image on the card so it's a lot harder to replicate from the outside.”

Other security features include:

  • 100% polycarbonate material that consists of multiple layers of plastic, fused together without adhesives, to form a solid structure impervious to tampering. The high durability of polycarbonate also provides the longest lifespan of any card, allowing for extended card life without compromise.
  • “Dynaprint,” with two high-resolution images that appear based on the angle of the card, provides front-line authenticators with assurance that the card is genuine and strongly protected against duplication or reproduction efforts. 
  • “Secure Surface” is another security feature that incorporates a slightly raised surface and provides a subtle feel to part of the card. This is another quick authenticator for law enforcement and other authorities. It also helps reduce potential alterations or fraudulent cards.

The design incorporates saguaro cactus and ponderosa pine tree images, as well as a larger depiction of a ringtail, Arizona’s state mammal.
The MVD will begin issuing the new cards in mid-March for both the Travel IDs and standard IDs. Current IDs will still be valid through their expiration date.

Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.