New South Carolina driver's license has safety features

The Department of Motor Vehicles will roll out a new, more secure South Carolina driver’s license and state identification card beginning this fall, the agency said Tuesday.

Both credentials will have a new appearance to users, but more importantly, will come armed with three new levels of security built in, the DMV said, marking the first upgrades since the early 1990s.

“They will be much more secure,” said Marcia Adams, the DMV director, anticipating the rollout in a late September or early October pilot program.

The new credentials are meant to protect against fraud, counterfeiting and duplication, according to the agency, and guard against tampering, such as efforts to change the photographs or birth dates.

As with most good security documents, Adams said some of the security features in the new credential will not be detectable by the naked eye.

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