DMV to beef up security on driver licenses
Posted July 1, 2010 10:42 a.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2010 10:51 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The state Division of Motor Vehicles plans to overhaul the way it produces driver licenses and identification cards to make them more tamper-resistant, officials said Thursday.
By 2012, DMV-issued licenses and ID cards will carry black-and-white photographs taken by a camera with multiple lenses. The resulting photo will be engraved into the cards with a laser, providing a clearly identifiable, three-dimensional image, officials said.
The cards also will be made of a more durable polycarbonate material than the one currently used. Multiple layers will be fused together and cannot be removed without leaving evidence of tampering, officials said.
The new cards will meet national security requirements, they said.
The state Department of Transportation has awarded a seven-year, $47.5 million contract to Alexandria, Va.-based MorphoTrak-Safran Group for the equipment to produce the new cards. Officials said DMV's existing budget will cover the higher cost of the cards, so the fee for obtaining a driver's license isn't expected to increase because of the new technology.