What is the windowpane feature on IDs and which states have it?

Examples of windowpane features on various state IDs

As fake ID technology continues to improve, states are constantly adding new security features to state IDs. This is done in an effort to thwart fraudsters and make IDs more difficult to properly replicate. One new security feature that has been gaining popularity across the United States is the windowpane feature, also known as the looking glass feature. 

This new ID security feature is quite literally a windowpane or looking glass. It is a clear area on the ID with a copy of the ID photo printed on top of the area. The windowpane or looking glass feature can be held up to a light to ensure the area is transparent as a confirmation of this security feature. 

States with the windowpane security feature

Arkansas

Windowpane feature on Arkansas ID

Arkansas has a circular windowpane in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Colorado

Windowpane feature on Colorado ID

Colorado has a rectangular windowpane with rounded corners in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

District of Columbia

Windowpane feature on Washington D.C. ID

Washington D.C. has a rectangular windowpane with rounded corners in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo, but it does take up most of the windowpane.

Florida

Windowpane feature on Florida ID

Florida has a circular windowpane in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Idaho

Windowpane feature on Idaho ID

Idaho has an abstract, squiggly shaped windowpane in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Kentucky

Windowpane feature on Kentucky ID

Kentucky has an off center, diamond shaped windowpane with rounded corners in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

New Hampshire

Windowpane feature on New Hampshire ID

New Hampshire ID has a picture frame shaped windowpane with rounded corners in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is fully obscured by the ID photo.

New York

Windowpane feature on New York ID

New York has a trapezoid shaped windowpane with rounded corners in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Pennsylvania

Windowpane feature on Pennsylvania ID

Pennsylvania has a circular windowpane in the bottom right corner of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Virginia

Windowpane feature on Virginia ID

Virginia has an oval windowpane on the ride side, near the middle of the ID. It is only partially obscured by the ID photo.

Wisconsin

Windowpane feature on Wisconsin ID

Wisconsin has an oval windowpane on the ride side, near the middle of the ID and is only partially obscured by the ID photo. *Please note, part of the image has been cropped for security purposes.

While this new security feature is still relatively new, we expect it to continue gaining in popularity due to the difficulty surrounding the proper replication of the windowpane security feature. However, even as fake IDs continue to improve, we ensure our software will still be able to catch the majority of fake IDs.

This is done by using an authentication capable scanner that can pass light through the windowpane feature and check it against known security features. The software then checks to make sure the windowpane is the correct size, in the correct spot, and that the correct amount of light is passed through the area. 
Even some of the best fake IDs on the market, ones that are AI generated, as well as physical high quality fakes have been flagged as fake by our VeriScan software and Digital Identity Verification Platform.