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Oregon to update driver's license, ID card design

DMV is rolling out a new driver license and ID card design starting this winter and early 2019.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 7:45 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 10:06 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the next time you renew your Oregon Driver's License or identification card, you may see a new design with new security features.

DMV is rolling out a new card design starting this winter and early 2019.

The beauty of the new cards isn’t just skin deep. The enhanced colorful look is part of the new card’s advanced security features, making it harder to alter or duplicate.

Your current driver license or ID card will remain valid until its expiration date, so you do not need to replace your card before that date. You also do not need to replace your card when you move within Oregon -- you can file your new address online at

This is the first major upgrade to the card technology in Oregon since 2003.

In addition to the new look and security features, the new card will provide a vertical layout for provisional driver's license holders -- drivers younger than 21 years old. This will make it easier to identify minors where age restrictions apply, such as the purchase of alcohol.

The new card will hold the same information as the current card, including name, address, issuance date and expiration date, as well as a small duplicate “ghost” image of the person’s photo. Driver's license and ID card fees will remain the same with the new card.

Among the new security features:

  • The card body is a durable plastic material made of a poly-carbonate blend.
  • Customer information is laser-etched in clear, highly defined lines.
  • The colors are printed in tiny patterns that are difficult to see without magnification and difficult to duplicate.
  • The clear laminate covering the card front shows a hologram of Oregon symbols at certain angles and light conditions.

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