April 23, 2009
A Face Lift for a Texas Drivers License
New look for Texas driver's license
09:04 AM CDT on Thursday, April 23, 2009
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AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety has redesigned the state's driver's licenses and identification cards to enhance security, the agency announced Wednesday.
Production of the new cards began April 15 for customers receiving new, renewal or duplicate licenses and ID cards. Current driver licenses and ID cards will be phased out as they expire.
"The changes will give law enforcement improved resources for verifying the authenticity of Texas-issued driver licenses and identification cards, while combating counterfeiting, photo swapping, tampering and other types of fraud," said DPS Director Col. Stanley E. Clark.
DPS would not discuss the additional security features.
The redesigned cards show the Austin skyline along the top.
The last redesign for most licenses and IDs was in June 2001.
Last year the agency changed the way ID cards and licenses look for people who aren't U.S. citizens or permanent residents but still have permission to live in the country. The licenses are marked with the words "Temporary Visitor" and includes the date permission to live in the U.S. expires. Also, the picture and information are displayed vertically, similar to that of a person under age 21.