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Hawaii State driver’s license gets a new look beginning Monday

MEDIA RELEASE

The County of Hawaii announced today that beginning Monday, February 1, 2010, all State of Hawaii driver’s licenses will be issued with a new design.

The last design change took place in January of 2005.

“The new state-of-the-art production system that has been installed throughout the state adds unique, identifiable features incorporated into the new drivers license cards,” said County of Hawaii Vehicle Registration and Licensing Manager Lee Lord.

“These new features enhance the integrity of the drivers license cards by better protecting the holder’s personal information from tampering, alteration, and fraudulent reproduction. Such attempts will be easier to identify, assisting in our continued effort to deter and prevent identity theft in our community.”

New design features include:

● A gradient (dark to light) pink shading on the top of the card containing the State of Hawaii flag, the word “USA”, and the outline of the Hawaiian Islands in a “clear window” format. Another outline of the Hawaiian Islands in a “clear window” format located on the bottom of the card.

● The word HAWAII is in semi-script with upper and lower casing.

● The issue date is located at the top of the photo and overlaps the photo.

● Part of the last name signature overlaps the “sheer” (ghost) image on the horizontal formatted license.

● Part of the first name signature overlaps the “sheer” (ghost) image on the vertical formatted license.

● The “sheer” (ghost) image is located on the lower right of the horizontal formatted license or permit and lower left corner of the vertical formatted license.

● The Rainbow design is not on the instruction permit.

● Each card contains a unique document discriminator number written as item 5 on the front of the card and a unique card serial number on the back of the card, below the linear barcode.

● Bi-dimensional bar code on the back of the card.

● Brief description of the applicable class of license and any restrictions and endorsements listed on the back of the card.

● Date of birth printed in black lettering on the back of the card.

● Hair color and county code no longer displayed.

For more information, call the County of Hawaii Driver Licensing at (808) 961-2222 or visit co.hawaii.hi.us/vrl/dlgeninfo…..

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