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DMV releases new Calif. driver's licenses

October 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Your California driver's license or ID card is getting a new look to protect you from fraud, tampering and counterfeiting.The new changes include the driver's date of birth and signature are raised lettering that can be felt by touch. There is also a photo of the driver that can be seen only with ultraviolet light.

In addition, a second bar code on the back of the license replicates and verifies only the information on the front of the card (similar to the current magnetic strip) and a laser perforation outline of the California brown bear that can be seen on the license only when a flashlight is pressed against the back of the license.

The DMV began issuing the updated licenses and IDs this week to new drivers and those renewing their licenses. All current licenses will remain valid until they expire.

The DMV each year issues more than 8.25 million driver license and identification cards to Californians. This is the first major revision of California driver's licenses and ID cards since 2001.