Robert Ehrlich was set March 25 to unveil the state's first new
driver's license in a decade in hopes of thwarting underage drinkers
and the counterfeiting industry, The Associated Press reports.
The new licenses, which have been three years and $40 million in
the making, are covered with multicolored holograms to make them
tough to counterfeit.
credit card-sized license features Maryland's signature blue crab.
A new color-coded system comes with the licenses: blue for most
motorists, green for commercial drivers, purple for moped users.
Identification cards will be red, while temporary licenses will
have a black border.
the biggest change will be for drivers under 21. Underage licenses
will be formatted vertically, with the date on the front for easy
age identification. Pictures will be frontal, instead of profile.
make it more difficult to counterfeit the state seal, the driver's
signature and control number will overlap photos on all new licenses.
A faint ghost photo will be in a corner of the license, with the
driver's birth date superimposed.
process of getting a license will also change. Applicants, whether
first time or renewals, will have their photos taken first to ensure
the same person goes through each step of the process.