The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is updating the security features of Vermont driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards. Beginning this July, licenses and IDs will no longer be printed during a visit to a Vermont DMV office.

The newly-designed card will be printed and mailed within seven to 10 days from a high-security facility, much like the way credit cards or passports are processed. Vermonters renewing or receiving a new credential will receive a temporary paper license/ID valid for 30 days. Until the permanent credential arrives in the mail, a secondary form of identification may be required for identification purposes, such as boarding a plane or cashing a check. All current Vermont driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until their expiration date.

“We are always looking to protect customer information. This re-designed license is more secure and will better protect Vermonters against fraud and identity theft,” said DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli. “We recognize that waiting to receive a new credential in the mail will be a change for our customers, so we urge Vermonters to plan ahead and take advantage of being able to renew up to six months in advance.”

DMV is collaborating statewide with law enforcement, businesses, airport and border security, and community leaders to inform stakeholders of the upcoming credential changes. The credential modernization effort has been called the Vermont Photo Identification Credentialing System and customers can find more information at vtpics.vermont.gov.

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