Florida Licenses & ID Cards Get A Facelift

July 31, 2017

For the first time in 13 years, Florida's driver license is getting a facelift.  Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles say the new cards are more secure and offer more fraud protection including redundant data, ultraviolet ink and optically variable features.  There will be a few changes you'll notice instantly, besides the design which replies the sea view scene with the Florida seal. For those 21 and under, a red box on the front will display the date you turn 21.  While the current card designates you as being an organ donor, the new card will also add labeling if you have a lifetime sportsman, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses as well as if you are a veteran, developmentally disabled  and if you deaf/hard of hearing. Also new to the licenses are designation if you have been convicted of a sex crime. Sexual predators will have a blue identifier on the bottom right front that spells Sexual Predator, while those convicted of a sexual crime will have a less obvious designation of the Florida Statue number. Motorcycle endorsements will no longer be spelled out on the front of licenses and will join other endorsements on the back of the ID.  As to when you can expect the new card, the state is rolling out the design starting tomorrow in select locations (not in our area) with all DMV offices issuing them by the end of the year, with online ordering implementing the new design in the new year. Finally, the magnetic strip on the back of the card will be phased out starting in 2019.

Sexual predators will have a blue identifier on the bottom right front that spells Sexual Predator.

SOURCE: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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