Driver's licenses, ID cards will move to
central issue process by end of 2010
Idaho driver licenses and identity cards will have a new look and state-of-the-art security features to help protect against identity theft and fraud.
Later this year, the transportation department will move to a central issuance system that means a change in licenses and the way they are issued. Under central issuance, customers will receive a temporary license or identification card. The permanent license or identification card will be produced at a secure, central facility and mailed to the customer at a verified home address within 10 business days.
The temporary card will include a photo, all the information that will appear on the plastic card (name, address, date of birth, height, weight, etc.), and a machine-readable bar code containing that information. The temporary card will work for all driving and identity purposes until the new plastic card arrives in the mail.
The central issuance system is used in 23 states, Motor Vehicle Administrator Alan Frew said. This is proven technology shown to improve both the security of the license and the data behind it.
Neighboring states including Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington are among those that issue driver license and identification cards from a central location. The new cards will have numerous security features. The transportation department is working with county sheriffs, legislators, the Governor's Office, and Idaho State Police, to design and implement the permanent and temporary licenses.
In addition to security benefits, the change also translates into cost efficiencies. The central issuance process will cost less than continuing with over-the-counter issuance, a difference of approximately $284,000 per year. Idaho can save as much as $2.8 million over a 10-year period by transitioning to central issuance, Frew said.
All other driver license application processes will remain basically unchanged. Customers will likely spend less time at the licensing office since they will not have to wait for a plastic card to be printed and laminated.
Idaho contracted with L-1 Identity Solutions to produce the new licenses and identification cards. L-1 has been Idaho's vendor for 25 years and works with 43 other states to create central issuance licenses and identification cards.