The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is issuing a redesigned driver license, driver permit and non-driver ID card that incorporate upgraded security features. Effective March 10, 2022, DMV customers who apply for a new or renewal license or ID card will receive the new credential.New York’s 2022 driver’s license

“At the DMV, we pride ourselves on providing secure identity documents to millions of New Yorkers and we introduce enhanced features every few years to stay at the cutting edge of emerging trends,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder in a March 10 press release. “We are confident in the security features on our current ID documents, however, the new security features on our redesigned documents will keep us one step ahead of potential counterfeiters.”

The new security features can be verified with the naked eye and by touch. They include:

  • Some of the text and images are embossed and can be detected by touch.
  • On the Enhanced Driver License and non-driver ID card, the embedded chip is now exposed.
  • Both the clear windows within the document and the state seal have been redesigned using multiple laser imaging. The process involves engraving two images into the card so that the visible image changes when viewed at different angles.
  • In addition to the card holder’s photo, the image now displays their birth month and year when viewed at a different angle.

The New York credentials were last redesigned in 2013, when the state upgraded its cards to a polycarbonate substrate and added security features aimed at preventing tampering, identity theft and fraudulent duplication.


New York Department of Motor Vehicles

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