Starting today, August 17, 2017, Florida residents will have increased security and clarity with a brand new driver’s license and state ID design. The REAL ID compliant new ID cards provide stronger fraud protection and clearer identification of cardholder license designations (such as a lifetime saltwater fishing license, being insulin dependent or an organ donor).
The new license features various anti-fraud measures such as ultraviolet ink, a gold look-through element, optically variable images, 2D barcode and more (see below).
The license also features variable color headers to designate different types of cardholders.
The new Florida driver’s license and state ID cards also feature clear identification of sexual predators, with a blue indication on the front of the card.
Florida licenses and ID cards with the new design will be rolled out gradually across the state until December 2017, when all service centers throughout Florida will carry the new card. View the service center implementation timeline here to see when the new card will be available local to you.
Current license holders are not required to replace their cards, and can continue to use the old design until they’re due for renewal, when the new card will be issued to them.