by: Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax Updated:
Florida's new driver's license and ID cards are now available at several service centers in Duval County and across the state.
Action News Jax reported in July that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles would begin issuing the new, more secure cards in August.
Duval County was among one of the first counties to begin issuing the cards.
They are available at three service centers in our area:
- 7120-15 Hogan Road (Hogan's Corner)
- 1505 Atlantic Blvd
- 3520-1 Blanding Blvd
Several other service centers in Jacksonville and throughout the state will begin issuing the cards in the coming days.
The new cards are expected to be available at all service centers and online by the end of December 2017.
See a full timeline here.
Previous driver's license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until they are replaced or phased out.
Officials say the new design improves fraud protection compared to the previous design and provides the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today.
Security features include redundant data, ultraviolet ink and optically variable features.
The new design includes designations for lifetime sportsman’s, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses and designations for veteran, organ donor, deaf/hard of hearing and developmentally disabled.
The new cards also feature identification of sexual predators and sexual offenders with a blue identifier on the bottom right of the front of the card.
Sexual predators will have “Sexual Predator” spelled out on the card, while sexual offenders have “943.0435 F.S.” listed in the same area.
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