New NYS licenses now available
Posted at: 08/15/2013 10:53 AM | Updated at: 08/15/2013 11:31 AM
The next time you renew your driver's license on-line, you will get the new version that features black and white photos.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli approved a controversial contract back in January for the highest bidder, a Canadian company, to make the new licenses.
That plan left taxpayers on the hook for an extra $38-million but state officials say the new design contains more than 30 security features, making them among the most secure in the country.
One of the most apparent changes is that the photos and personal information are laser engraved instead of printed, that makes them counterfeit and tamper resistant. Also, anyone under the age of 21 will get a vertical license, that is meant to Help crack down on underage drinking.
DMV officials say there will be no additional charge to get the new license. News10NBC is also told you won't be required to get the new style license or non-driver ID card before your current document expires and you won't necessarily have to get a new picture taken either.
Starting in October, everyone will get the new style document when they renew or get a replacement.
Read the list of frequently asked questions about the new licenses