PennDOT phasing in newly-designed driver licenses, ID cards

HARRISBURG, Pa. - PennDOT has unveiled the look off the newly-designed driver license and identification card it issues to state residents.

The updated cards feature a number of security enhancements that improve fraud protection and protect from counterfeiting and alteration, including a larger primary portrait and a 2D barcode that contains information unique to the cardholder, officials said.

The magnetic strip on the back of the card has also been eliminated.

"The update is an important component of PennDOT's ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver license and identification card issuance process," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

All driver and photo centers will transition to the new cards by the end of October. The cards will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle, meaning there's no need to replace current cards before they expire.

The update is unrelated to the federal Real ID law, officials said. Real-ID cards likely won't be available in Pennsylvania until 2019.

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