Brian Hamacher

New Florida Driver's Licenses Feature Enhanced Security

New Florida driver's licenses are starting to roll out with enhanced security features that the state's DMV says are the "most secure over-the-counter credential" on the market.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said they have begun to issue new licenses that have the magnetic strip on the back of the card removed, while adding a tactile security feature to the front and changing some of the data layout.

Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until replaced or phased out. The modified credential will be offered at select service centers, with additional service centers each month. The new credential will be available at all service centers and for online renewals at by the end of August 2019.

In 2017, the state began issuing a more secure driver's license with more security features, including nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet ink and optically variable features.

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