TN Driver Licenses Are Changing

From the News Sentinel:
Tennessee plans to start issuing new driver’s licenses later this month, state authorities announced Tuesday.
Changes are designed to counter document fraud and will use new credentialing technology, according to an announcement from Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.
New driver’s licenses and ID card features include a new banner showcasing Tennessee landmarks and icons; new background design; enlarged organ donor symbol, when authorized; multiple date of birth placements on front and back of the card; vertical format to distinguish driving privilege from identification only cards; digital portrait and signature, both stored in a permanent database, to easily verify identification; and machine-readable barcodes for law enforcement purposes.
New card production began Friday on a pilot basis in Gallatin.
This is the first redesign of state driver’s licenses since 2003.
“A top priority of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security is safeguarding the identity of Tennessee citizens to prevent identity theft and document fraud,” Gibbons said in a statement. “The new cards will be the most secure our state has issued to date.”
Current Tennessee licenses and IDs will remain valid until they expire. When it’s time to renew, drivers will get new ID cards.
Driver’s license stations in the state’s four major metro areas, including Knoxville, will be among the first to turn out the new licenses later this month.

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