As of January 2, 2017, New Hampshire residents are enjoying newly redesigned driver’s licenses and ID cards, sporting both a new aesthetic and more secure features. Among some of the new attributes of the New Hampshire ID cards– a more colorful background, and depictions of iconic New Hampshire symbols including the purple lilac, a profile of The Old Man of the Mountain, and a silhouette of the state of New Hampshire (seen below).

New NH Driver's License and ID card design - front view New NH Driver's License and ID card design - back view

The features of the new cards add a Real ID compliant level of security that ranks New Hampshire among the most advanced in the nation, according to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles. Real ID compliant cards will enable citizens to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings, among other federal ID purposes, whereas non-compliant forms of ID will only work until October 1, 2020.

New Hampshire residents will receive the new design when applying, and current New Hampshire license and ID cardholders will receive the new design when they renew, though they are not required to renew until the expiration date listed on their current ID/license. Existing New Hampshire driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until their expiration.

For more information about the new New Hampshire license and ID card design or to learn more about Real ID compliance, visit

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