Pennsylvania has started issuing a driver license and identification card in a new design and with enhanced security features. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) made the announcement on September 12, 2022—the same day the first of the new credentials were issued at its Summerdale Driver License Center in Enola.

The new cards have a slightly different appearance than the previous version. They also contain new, enhanced security features to help prevent fraud and protect against counterfeiting and alteration. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian explained, “The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver license and identification card issuance process.”

New Pennsylvania Driver License

PennDOT describes some of the enhanced features as follows:

  • Guilloche security design, a feature that includes sophisticated techniques to embed a variety of customized security patterning into the credential.
  • Optically Variable Ghost Portrait and Variable Data with UV, features that change their appearance when the viewing angle of the card changes, which moves them from fully visible to non-visible. The card also includes an ultraviolet (UV) response that fluoresces under UV lighting. The UV response is fixed – visible under UV light regardless of viewing angle.
  • Dynamic look through element (DLTE), a dynamic feature with gold metallic tint that is visible under direct lighting.

Both standard and REAL ID-compliant credentials will have the new design and security features

A gradual, phased rollout process

PennDOT began piloting the new products at the Summerdale Driver License Center in Enola on September 12, 2022. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by mid-November 2022. The new credentials will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products.


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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