NEW YORK (WIVB) - The next time you apply for or renew your New York State driver's license, it's probably going to look and feel different. The DMV is rolling out the new design, beginning later this year.
Licenses and learner's permits will soon look and feel completely different, and will be more secure, according to the designer.
Eire County Sheriff Tim Howard said, "More and more people are looking for government-issue ID's that are done with some kind of standardization. If it's going to be any good, it's got to be tamper-proof."
Anyone under 21-years-old will receive a vertical license, with a feature that's intended to make it more difficult to "chalk."
Other new features include laser-engraved photos and data, two photos on the front of the license, and raised letters and numbers.
News 4's Rachel Kingston took the new design out for a test drive, and asked people what they thought.
Some liked the new design including Nancy Gregorio said, "I think it's a great idea. It stands out, it's nice and bright." Tom Gregorio also approved. He said, "I think it's a great idea. Distinguish between the underage and 21."
Several other states already use a similar license design, including Florida - where Jim Gregorio bartends.
He says the vertical design makes it easier to spot and turn away would-be underage drinkers.
Jim Gregorio said, "If it's long-ways, you know they're underage." He said the new license was a great idea.
Sheriff Howard got his first look at the new licenses during a recent Sheriffs' conference.
He expects local law enforcement will receive training on them in a matter of weeks, or months. "It will obviously be a little confusing in transition, because we've got the enhanced driver's license; we've got the driver's license that's already suitable in place of a passport for travel in North America. I think this new document may be better than that."
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