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Okla. driver’s license to get face lift

Okla. driver's license update


EDMOND, Okla. — The look of Oklahoma driver licenses is about to change.

Department of Public Safety officials said the licenses are going to be redesigned and the driver licensing issuance system will also change. 

Edmond will be the first to test these changes Tuesday.

Updates are scheduled to go out statewide in about two weeks.

DPS said the security elements of the license will remain the same but the appearance of the card is changing. 

They are repositioning the photograph of the card holder’s face in certain documents among other things.

Officials said these changes will enable Oklahoma to reach the national standard that many other states have adopted and will be a significant step in achieving the goal of  “one person, one identity,” to address the problem of identity fraud. 

“The new license meets rigorous security requirements and will not only upgrade our system but enhance customer service as well,” Michael C. Thompson said, Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

“We’re also pleased to announce that changes in the system and card will allow Oklahoma veterans to identify themselves right on their license by choosing to have a special veteran’s insignia added to the card,” Thompson said. “This option will be available after Nov. 1 and was implemented as a manner in which to honor the men and women who have served our country.”

Statewide deployment of the new system is scheduled to be complete in three to four months.