Upgraded driver’s license & ID cards will protect Vermonters identity

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The next time you go to the DMV you will likely notice a big change when it comes to your license or ID card. 

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is giving the method of how they prepare your license or ID card a major upgrade– for the sake of protecting your personal information.

The rollout started Tuesday at the DMV in Rutland. 

The rollout schedule is as follows and is subject to change: 6/11 Rutland, 6/17 Dummerston, 6/18 Springfield, 6/18 St. Albans, 6/19 Bennington, 6/20 Middlebury, 6/21 South Burlington, 6/24 White River Junction, 6/25 Montpelier, 6/26 Newport, 6/27 St. Johnsbury. 

Commissioner Wanda Minoli told us, the days of printing your license or ID card is a thing of the past because of how easy it has become to make a fake ID. 

She explains there are five layers, and each layer has its own security feature. “Things that I can identify and highlight is that the signature is a raised signature.” Along with the driver’s license number. 

There will be certain images only visible when held underneath a black light. Making it difficult for those with a fake ID to enter establishments that sell alcohol or tobacco.

Since the ID will be printed off-site, you will receive a temporary paper license, which is good for 30-days. Also, you will walk out with your expired license, which Commissioner Minoli says will allow you still to make a purchase that requires a photo ID.

Minoli explains this doesn’t come with a higher cost, in fact, she says it should save the state a small amount of money. 

Another noticeable change, the DMV will no longer ask a person’s sex. Rather their gender.

“The statute allows the commissioner to choose those identifiers,” said Minoli. She says the three options will be male, female, and other. 

Just get your license or ID card renewed? Don’t worry. It’s still valid, the next time you go to renew is when you will move to the new license. 

For more information about these security features, click here

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