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New California driver's license designed to thwart counterfeiters

October 6, 2010 | 12:47 pm

Cdl Starting Wednesday, Californians getting a new or renewed driver's license will be receiving a redesigned card that features better security measures and a brand-new look, officials said.

The new look is the first major revision to the driver's license and the state identification card since 2001 and makes the IDs easier to use and harder to fake, according to officials with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Among the new features, licenses for drivers under age 21 will be printed vertically, making them easier to identify for police and shopkeepers. The cardholder's signature and birthday will be raised, allowing them to be felt by touch.

Hidden images can be seen only with the use of ultraviolet light, and a laser perforation outline of the California brown bear will be visible when a flashlight is pressed against the back of the card.

"The new security features, coupled with advanced technology, make California driver's licenses and identification cards one of the most secure identification documents in the country," DMV Director George Valverde said in a statement.

DMV officials point out that although the new cards are available this week, existing ID or license holders are not required to get a new card until their old one expires.

-- Ching-Ching Ni

Photo credit: Department of Motor Vehicles