On June 5 the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) debuted a new driver license and ID card with a fresh design and updated security features.

“Wisconsin DMV continues to stay on the leading edge of technology by incorporating the next generation of updated security features into our driver licenses and ID cards,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Our residents can be proud of the modernized new cards and also the efforts DMV takes to secure their credentials.” 

The new credentials contain security features that are hard to replicate, such as:

  • Detailed artistic designs highlighting iconic Wisconsin features such as the State Capitol and state flag.
  • Transparent windows at the card’s right edge and back bottom edge. The window allows the clear ribbon to “flow off the edge of the card” and is integrated with cardholder data. Wisconsin is the first U.S. state to add this unique security feature to its driving and ID credentials.
  • Looking at the embossed feature just above the ribbon, when tilting the card one way, a secondary photo is visible. Viewed from a different angle you see the holder’s month and year of birth.
  • A large tactile (raised) sugar maple leaf on the face of the card. 

The upgraded security features will be available on both standard and REAL ID compliant credentials. Cards for holders under age 21 have a vertical format and incorporate a blue/red color scheme for easy visual recognition. Cards for adults 21 and older are horizontal and have a blue/gold theme. 

Licenses and ID cards already in circulation are valid until their expiration date. Cards with the new features will be issued upon renewal, replacement, or first issuance. Customers may replace their current card with the new version even before the renewal date by ordering a replacement.


Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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