New cards will feature ghost photos, a laser-engraved signature over the primary photo to minimize alterations and a tamper resistant coating placed over the card. The cards will feature machine-readable barcodes that can be used by banks, retailers and other businesses to verify the information printed on the front.
New card production will begin at Conyers, Covington and Locust Grove in September. All state customer service center locations will feature the new cards by November.
Previously issued Georgia licenses and IDs will remain valid until the expiration date.
Gov. Sonny Perdue says the change will protect identities of Georgia's citizens.