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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New program in place by Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division for drivers to obtain redesigned license.

According to a release from ADOT the new process and licenses are now in place across all of Arizona, beginning today.  This means that drivers who need a new driver's license or identification card will have it issued via the new system. A permanent license or ID card will be mailed to the customer within 15 days of applying. 

This new process is to help protect a customer's personal information and guard against identity theft, said the release.  The new card has a background with several security features. 

"Our top priority is always customer safety and security," said Stacey Stanton, director of ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division in the release.  "The new and improved security features better safeguard personal information. The updated issuance process has added steps for ensuring the license or ID card is delivered to the right person and helps prevent identity theft." 

ADOT is assuring drivers there is no need to run out and get a new driver's license or ID card, current ones will remain valid until their expiration date.  The only time a license or ID card will need to be upgraded to this new version is if the 12-year mark for photo refreshment is needed. 

Drivers and ID card holders need to make sure their address is current in the system, as this is where the final license/ID card will be mailed to. 

New security features include a larger portrait, with smaller 'ghost' portrait; new high security design with unique Arizona features in the background; laser perforation in the shape of Arizona; date of birth field will have raised feel to it; use of tri-color laminate overlay; and lastly the Arizona state mammal, the ringtail, will be featured.

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