New License, New Look


Bored faces. They break up the monotony of the interior design at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Watertown. But soon in Jefferson County, these drivers will take note of something. They'll be getting new drivers licenses. By the year 2021, all New York State drivers licenses will look a lot different.

"They're trying to make sure that every state has a secure license. So they're trying to get everyone on board," said Cheryl Lane, Jefferson County Clerk.

The new format is full of changes. Your picture will be in black and white so that your facial features stand out. In fact, there will be two pictures of you on the front. Your name will be on there in two different places as well. The signature? Cropped to a specific place.

But it's not only the appearance of the license that will change. So will the texture. No longer will you be able to bend it. It will now be more like a credit card. And if you try to tamper with it, police officers and DMV personnel will notice.

"They had a filmy substance over it. Quite often people would peel it back, change something, and then replace it," said Lane

There's one other major change. If you are under 21, your license will be vertical. That will make it easier for bars and restaurants to identify you.

"it's going to show us right there. And we're going to know they're under 21. We won't even have to deal with 'is this date right? Did it get chalked? Is it a fake?,'" said Lane.

Jefferson County will start handing these out on September 5th. But you can't get one until your current license expires, or you lose it.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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