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Maryland to Issue New Driver’s License and ID Cards

The Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) in Maryland has announced that it will issue a new driver’s license and state ID cards. The new cards will be available June 20th of this year and will begin to be issued after July 11th.

Maryland has not updated their IDs since 2003. The MVA decided to do this as a security measure; goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it very difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs are also compliant with the Real ID Act. An extra security precaution includes mailing the new IDs from a secure MVA facility, so counterfeiters will have a reduced chance to access the equipment that produces the IDs as well as personal information.

Some of the new features include:

  • Three images of the cardholder, two on the front and one on the back
  • Laser engraving
  • Inventory control number
  • Raised print

Image of New License

New MD ID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image from DelMarva Now                                                                                     

Per the Baltimore Sun’s article, “This card is the most secure driver’s license in the United States today,” state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said. “It has numerous layered security features that are going to make the Maryland driver’s license, learner’s permit and ID the most difficult to tamper with, and in fact, I would predict, not for many years are we going to see anyone with the ability to falsify a Maryland driver’s license.”

Counteirfeiters seem to be able to hack or duplicate almost anything these days but Maryland has made great efforts to prevent this.

Please note that this ID update will be available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs are released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Maryland IDs, click here.

 

Michigan New ID Card

County Explores New ID Card

In Michigan, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners received a proposal to introduce a county-issued ID card program.  This new county-issued ID card would allow residents who don’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to still be able to access resources, including renting an apartment or opening a bank account.

The proposal for these new ID cards would be $20 or $25 each.  It is estimated that 1,000 cards would be issued in the first year through this program.  The revenues from these cards would offset the initial operating costs and create a new administrative job to lead the program.

Several programs such as this one already exist nationwide.  This however would be the first offered by a Michigan municipality.   Several of the commissioners reviewing the proposal already expressed a favor of this program stating that the state’s current ID system is often too stringent for residents.  Oftentimes, the people who don’t meet these driver’s license requirements are the ones that need it the most.

To read more about the full presentation, please visit the Ann Arbor Chronicle website.