The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and state ID cards on July 19th. This change is the first one since 2003.
The Rhode Island DMV decided to do this as a security measure. Like many other states that have recently implemented this sort of change, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs will also bring the state towards Real ID Act compliance. Old ID cards are still valid until their expiration and the fee for the new cards will not change.
Some of the new features include:
- Optically variable pattern
- Background features Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
- Large image of ID holder as well as a smaller, faded image
- Date of birth printed in 3 locations
- Ink that glows when exposed to a UV light
- Tamper resistant
Image of new license
Image from DMV RI
NBC 10 News reports on a state press release which states, “The Division of Motor Vehicles will transition driver’s licenses to the more secure cards this month, along with the installation of cameras at work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the state,” the release noted. “The cameras are part of a streamlined process that will be introduced with the new cards. Instead of having to go to two work stations to complete their transactions, all work can be done at one station.”
Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.
To learn more about the new Rhode Island IDs, click here.