Washington state adds features to driving licence to deter ID theft


Washington state has begun issuing driving licences with new security features that authorities say will help to combat identity theft.

The new security features include fine-line printing and ultraviolet ink, with the state to roll-out the new cards over the next several months, beginning at its licensing office in Shelton.

The mountain in the background of the cards is now an image rather than a picture and an image of the state seal is on the back. Also on the back are MRZ specifications where class, restrictions and endorsements used to be located.

“This new card system has incredible security features in it that will really decrease the amount of counterfeit cards that exist in the world,” said Pat Kohler, director of the state’s Department of Licensing.

The Enhanced Driver Licenses and Enhanced ID Cards (EDLs/EIDs) can be used for all federal identification purposes. That includes entering secure federal facilities and — following the January 2018 federal compliance deadline — boarding domestic flights at commercial airports. Standard driver licenses and ID cards are still not valid for these federal purposes.

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