Today may end up being one of the few remaining days before Florida’s driver’s licenses receive a major facelift. Beginning in August, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing licenses and ID cards intended to provide better security.
While the primary goal may be security related, the license changes are also cosmetic. The front of the card will feature the state seal in a new pastel color and the state acronym over a plain white base. Flipping the card around, the back will have an image of Florida resting along the waves of the ocean and the year 1845, signifying when Florida entered the union as the 27th state. As for the driver’s portrait, the background will be transparent and it will appear in four different spots on the ID.
The new license design boasts close to double the protection against fraud compared to the existing design, including the use of ultraviolet (UV) ink.
Florida drivers with a current or recently renewed license won’t have to upgrade to the new design unless it is about to expire or they need to change their name and address. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
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