Perdue commends Augusta site for vehicle license changes

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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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shamrock
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shamrock 12/18/09 - 03:28 pm
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OOne picture is bad enough

OOne picture is bad enough and now they want to put THREE on the same license??

Purelaughs
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Purelaughs 12/18/09 - 03:28 pm
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Hmm.. I wonder the cost of

Hmm.. I wonder the cost of these high-tech ID cards? Probably gonna cost 30-40 each.

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 12/18/09 - 03:31 pm
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It would be nice to see an

It would be nice to see an example of these new licenses.

slmpaquin
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slmpaquin 12/18/09 - 03:36 pm
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go to georgia.gov

go to georgia.gov

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/18/09 - 03:36 pm
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Jusy Nuts says=" this move by

Jusy Nuts says=" this move by the state is only benefitting you know who. The AWM media is only printing this to appeaase the non minority media. A certain segment of the population will be denied the "right" to have alicense and the Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl. Great country eh?"

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 12/18/09 - 03:57 pm
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All three pictures are the

All three pictures are the same picture in different locations and different sizes on the card. I'm concerned about stores and banks reading a bar code. George Orwell we are getting closer and closer to your supposedly fictional but actually prophetic book.

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corgimom 12/18/09 - 09:21 pm
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SC put bar codes on their

SC put bar codes on their licenses years ago. It's not about banks and stores, its to make it easier for the police to pull up records on their computers.

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Ole School 12/18/09 - 09:40 pm
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hey Sonny thanks for taking

hey Sonny thanks for taking away state employees raises for several years now and for letting all cost of living raises go out the window, and for getting rid of BCBS, and now your are even talking about taking 10% of our salaries for the year ? I can`t wait to vote /.

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DEVGRU 12/18/09 - 10:15 pm
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Ole School, Sonny Perdue

Ole School, Sonny Perdue can't run for governor again.

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