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Maryland to Start Issuing New, Secure Driver's Licenses

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BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is ready to issue new, secure driver's licenses.
    
The agency said in a news release that beginning Monday, the new licenses and ID cards will be issued for all learner's permits and new ID cards, and for licenses/ID cards renewed via web, kiosk and U.S. mail.  
    
Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said in a statement that officials strove to ensure these documents can't be counterfeited.

“Marylanders can be confident that we are providing them with the most secure license and ID in the nation, with cutting-edge security features that will safeguard their personal information," Rahn said. 
    
The MVA says the new cards include multiple layers of security to help prevent identity theft and fraud.

According to the MVA, the security features include:
                                                                              
•        Polycarbonate card body -- more durable and tamper-resistant;
•        Laser engraving -- maximum protection against forgery;
•        Changeable laser image -- allows two or more images to occupy the same area;
•        Tactile text -- raised print making it difficult to tamper; and
•        Inventory control number -- a unique number and barcode to verify that the card was issued to the cardholder.

The new cards will arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 business days. If a customer's current license or ID is valid and not up for renewal, they don't have to do anything until it's time to renew.

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