Driver's Licenses and ID Cards Changes Mean Closures Locally


By Michelle Costa

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT-TV) - Idaho driver's licenses and identification cards are changing and because of that county licensing offices in South Central Idaho will close for half–day or full day increments.

A new look, state–of–the–art security features and a new way of issuing ID cards and licenses.

Administrative Staff Sgt. Douglas Sugden is gearing up for big changes.

"We're hoping to speed up the service to the public and make it easier. Homeland security implemented this to make it more secure and less easy to counterfeit them,” said Douglas Sugden, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.

With the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office overseeing the Driver's License side of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Sugden is in charge of a whole new routine.

"Installing new cameras and equipment for documents,” said Sugden.

The switch also means cards won't be issued over–the–counter anymore; instead, it will go to a central secure location.

You'll receive a temporary paper document valid for 30 days and then be mailed a new card within 10 days.

"It's time for the change and to catch up with everyone else. It's been at least 10 years,” said Sugden.

Some of the new security features include micro–printing, ghost images and a laser–perforated pattern that reveals the shape of the Gem State when held to the light.

While there's no additional cost for the new cards, the idea of increased security is priceless.

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