As of March 1st, 2016 Colorado introduced a new design for their state issued ID cards and driver licenses. For the first time in 13 years, Colorado ID Cards will have a fresh new look in addition to a few enhanced security features. It’s starting out as a pilot program, however, it’s inevitable that everyone who currently has a driver’s license will eventually obtain the new one. (KDVR.com)
The new ID cards will allow the state to more effectively fight against identity theft crimes and other criminal actions. In regards to this topic, Lynn Granger with the State Department of Revenue said, “Most noticeably, I think customers will see that their photo will be in black and white. That results from laser engraving and prevents duplication of the card and enhanced facial features.”
Granger went on to mention a few more security details on the ID cards. She stated that the laser engraving actually allows the customer’s information to be embedded on the card. Additionally, the photo window will be semi-transparent which makes it harder to duplicate and the customer’s information will be in raised print. On the back off the ID cards will be a third photo of the individual, as well as a metallic “C” and a design of the state capital which contains green and blue snowflakes.
All current driver licenses and ID cards will continue to be valid through their stated expiration date so it’s being recommended that all customers hold onto their existing ID cards for the time being.