New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia

Have you gotten your driver’s license renewed lately? If so, you’ve likely noticed some changes.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is rolling out the new licenses in parts of the state including its location in Canton which was part of the pilot project.

“It’s a polycarbonate card and it’s one of the most secure cards we’ve ever had here in Georgia,” says Shevanda Leslie, director of Governmental Affairs and Communications.

The new card is green with a larger peach, has laser-printed engraving which can be felt by running your finger across it, and includes a hologram in the lower right corner. The license holder’s picture has also changed.

“The picture is now black and white instead of color. It’s just a more secure feature and it’s harder for criminals to try and duplicate,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.

When drivers go in to get their license for the first time or get it renewed, they will now receive a full sheet of paper containing their information and picture. Their new license will then be sent in the mail.

Terry Holzclaw, of Canton, didn’t know about the new license until he went to get his renewed. But he likes the copy of a new one he was shown.

“It looks more difficult (to duplicate)—so many different features to it that are not on the other one,” he says.

Leslie says various DDS locations began rolling out the new license last month and all should have them by next month.

But there’s no need to run out and get a new one just yet.

“What they have in their wallet right now is sufficient. Your license is good until it expires,” she says.

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