Perdue commends Augusta site for vehicle license changes

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue visited the Department of Driver Services in Augusta today to celebrate the launch of a revamped licensing system.

 

Augusta is one of 38 of 64 locations around the state to have begun using new licenses. The Department of Driver Services hopes that the $40 million makeover will make the cards harder to fake. The new cards are more colorful and detailed, featuring three photos of the driver, a laser-engraved signature and a tamper-resistant coating.

“The safety and security of our citizens is our highest priority, and this newly designed license is another effort to protect Georgians,” Mr. Perdue said in a statement.

Each new license also has a barcode, which banks and stores can scan to verify the information on the card. Cards issued to drivers younger than 21 will be printed vertically, which the Department of Driver Services says will help curb underage drinking.

Drivers don’t have to replace their current licenses until they expire. When they do, temporary, paper licenses will be issued. They are valid for 45 days until a new permanent card arrives by mail.

Customer service should also improve with the new system, according to the Department of Driver Services. One-stop windows have opened at licensing offices and a driver’s data is now stored digitally, so it can be pulled up at a later date or another office.

WHAT'S CHANGING?

Young drivers: Cards issued to those 21 or younger will be printed vertically.

Interim licenses: Temporary licenses will be printed on security paper with heat-sensitive ink and fibers that glow under ultraviolet light. They are valid for 45 days and will be issued for first-time drivers as well as renewals. A permanent card will arrive in the mail.

Driver’s licenses and IDS: Higher quality digital photos will be used, appearing twice as a ghost image. The cars also include a laser-engraved signature, barcode, state seal and hologram.

Learn more: www.dds.ga.gov

 

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