The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has released new driver licenses, permits and identification cards in a new design and integrating the latest in card security design and construction specifically intended to combat fraud. The new card design was put into production in late May, and the previous design will be phased out by the end of June.

The North Carolina DMV explains that “The state’s new credential is a 100% polycarbonate card that is personalized ​using laser engraving technology. Because of its composition, the card will not only look different, it will also feel and sound ​different. ​The card will feel stiffer and have both embossed and debossed patterns and lettering on the surface of the card. When dropped onto a tabletop, it will make a ​​unique metallic sound.”

                           North Carolina’s new-and-improved driver license

It’s notable that the REAL ID symbol on the new credential is a black circle/star cutout. This is a change from the familiar gold circle/star cutout symbol on previous versions. New cards that are not REAL ID compliant will read: “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES.”

The visual design of the new credential is inspired by iconic North Carolina imagery and symbols. The face of the card showcases the state’s flower (dogwood), the state flag, state border outline, a marbled salamander, and a lighthouse. The background to these images represents the state’s western rolling hills. The reverse side of the card depicts the Colonial Spanish mustang grazing along one of North Carolina’s many beaches in the east.

The new credential integrates more than 50 security features to assist law enforcement in the deterrence and detection of fraud.


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