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Driver License and Identification Card Design FAQs

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Driver License and Identification Card Design FAQs

Why did DMV redesign the DL/ID card?

  • DMV redesigned the card to improve the overall security features of the card as well as provide a different look in anticipation of implementing the REAL ID Act.

How was the design decided?

  • The design of the new DL/ID card was decided through the efforts of DMV staff and the current driver license card contractor.

How does this new design make the card more secure?

  • Overall changes to the card and changes of key security features help thwart would-be counterfeiters.

How long will this new design be in use?

  • This new design will continue to be produced for the foreseeable future. DMV is always looking to stay one-step ahead of counterfeiters.

What does the new card look like?

  • The new card features a gold miner, California poppies, and ultraviolet light features

When will I receive the new card?

  • The new card design became available for customers effective January 22, 2018.

Does this new card cost more?

  • Customers will not pay more for the new card. The cost of a driver license is $35 and an ID card is $30.

What is the difference between a REAL ID and a federal non-compliant card?

  • The card features on the REAL ID card and the federal non-compliant card are the same. The REAL ID card contains a special marking of the California bear with a star.  The federal non-compliant card is marked “Federal Limits Apply.”
 
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