South Florida gets new look on Driver’s License – Do you need a new one?

New Florida Driver License

Redesigned with security in mind, counties in South Florida are now issuing updated ID cards and driver’s licenses.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles centers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties have begun issuing the new cards to residents who come in person to the physical offices.

Online service will begin sending out the updated versions of licenses and ID cards by the end of the year.

One of biggest reasons for the new design is to give the cards more security features, which should make them harder to counterfeit or fake.

With identity theft at the forefront of concerns, the new cards should deter predators attempting to copy ID’s and licenses.

Most individuals with a Florida license will need to renew as normal, when the license expires. But if your license does not have a gold star in the upper right corner, you will need to update sooner.

Some older issued cards without the star do not meet the federal “Real ID” standards.

You must obtain an acceptable “Real ID” card by October 1, 2020 for air travel, even domestic.

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the vast majority – about 83% – of Florida’s driver’s licenses already meet the “Real ID” standards.

New features of the revamped cards:

  • Ultraviolet ink
  • Duplicate images
  • Hidden features only visible under ultraviolet light
  • Large, orange ‘FL’ in the background
  • ‘1845’ on back, the year Florida became a state
  • Holder’s photo displayed in four places
  • Drivers under age 21 will have a red box indicating the date they will turn 21
  • IDs will have different header colors for commercial, standard, learner’s, and ID cards
  • Designations for lifetime sportsman licenses, veteran, organ donor, deaf or hard of hearing and developmentally disabled
  • Sexual predators will have “Sexual Predator” spelled out in blue ink on the card, while sexual offenders have “943.0435 F.S.”

The revamped cards have been in the planning since 2014. Input was gathered from groups representing interests that spanned from law enforcement to craft brewing. The new IDs should be available throughout South Florida and statewide by the end of the year.

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