Arizona driver license and ID card gets a makeover

Arizona driver license and ID card gets a makeover

By Bill Lamoreaux / ADOT Communications
March 13, 2023
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After nearly 10 years, it was time for the Arizona driver license to get a new look. While the new design is better looking and includes more images that represent Arizona, the best part of the card is that it incorporates more security features. These features will help reduce the ability of counterfeit copies and fraudulent uses.
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The new driver license and ID cards are now available and made from 100% polycarbonate material fused together to form a solid structure extremely difficult to alter. This material is also more durable, allowing for extended card life. The first thing people may notice will be the photos are black and white. This is done with laser engraving to make altering photos difficult. 

Depending on the angle the card is held, you will be able to see either a Saguaro cactus or a Ponderosa Pine Tree. This feature will help authenticate the card when presented to law enforcement or at restaurants, grocery stores and other required establishments.

The new design, highlighting several Arizona locations, is a result of a new contract. The previous contract was expiring, and Thales Group was selected as the new vendor to produce these cards because of the ability to provide these latest security features.

The new cards are available for both the Travel ID and the standard ID. A vertical version of the card will be issued to those under 21. 

If anyone wishes to update their current card to the new design, they can request a duplicate and receive the new security features. However, the current card design will remain valid until the expiration date listed on the card.