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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PennDOT to phase in newly-designed driver licenses, identification cards Initiative is part of PennDOT’s ongoing security improvements

Harrisburg, PA – As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.

PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.

“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,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

PennDOT began a pilot of the new products beginning on Monday, June 19 at the Riverfront Office Center location in Harrisburg. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customer’s option in 2019.

The cards look very different, but they also have additional enhanced security features, which improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.

Some of the enhanced features include:

Larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait
2D barcode, which contain data from the front of the card unique to the cardholder
Laser perforation - The keystone outline with “PA” is embedded into the card stock and can be observed by holding the card up to any light source
Laminate - Each card is laminated with an optically-variable pattern with the state motto, “Virtue, Liberty, Independence,” Keystone outline and “1787,” the year when the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Pennsylvania.

In addition to the above changes, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the newly designed driver’s license and identification cards.

For more information and to see an image of the new card design, please visit


Anonymous said...

why waste time and money on this just start the real id compliant now
instead of doing this and then turning around and doing that. or could it just be that somebodies uncle on their mother in laws side of the family needs the money, so we will just hit the taxpayer up for it
and they wonder why people are getting fed up with government!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wolfe made sure to have a politically correct picture on the license. 85% of Pennsylvanians are white; 10% are black. No
big deal, just predictable..................

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY! Are we all going to have to get Passports for id to use when we fly ? I think Rep Martin Causer owes us an explanation.

Anonymous said...

I heard in 2018, we'll have to have a passport to fly.....

Anonymous said...

To: 7:07:00 PM EDT
Please define what you mean by "white" - "black". Their are many shades of black & many shades of white. Just as their are many levels of intelligence.

Anonymous said...

Re: 11:12PM

I used the Pennsylvania statistic web page. Their own numbers
and categories. Look it up.

Anonymous said...

Just wait, won't be long and we will all be given the mark of the beast (chipped).

Anonymous said...

She looks good for being

Anonymous said...

Exactly what is the difference between "Real ID" and the licenses we have now? I have looked at the website suggested and did research on my own. I cannot find ANYTHING that definitively says what we're not in compliance with. The provided information alludes to several things but, there is no clear-cut answer. Anyone??

Anonymous said...

PA is not in compliance because Real-ID issuance requires the presentation of birth certificate, change of name documents (marriage certificates, divorce decrees, etc), proof of residence (utility bills mailed to your residence in your name, etc). In other words you have to prove you are you and that you live where you say you live. Most states have already completed this as they started six or seven years ago. Until this completed, you will need a passport to fly. Way to go PA.