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Your driver’s license is getting a makeover. Now if only your photo looked this good

Florida’s new driver’s license and identification card design rolls out in August.
Florida’s new driver’s license and identification card design rolls out in August.

For the first time since 2003, your driver’s license is due for a makeover.

Starting next month, Florida will begin issuing new driver’s license and ID cards with a whole new look.

The new design incorporates a pastel rendering of the state seal and a large, orange “F,” according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. On the back of the card is the outline of Florida, ocean waves and the year 1845, when Florida became the 27th state in the union.

ID photos will now be printed with a transparent background and appear four times on the card. Other protective qualities include UV ink, a gold see-through circle and two separate bar codes.

Each card will also have designated header colors — blue for commercial driver licenses, green for normal driver’s licenses, red for ID cards and orange for learner’s permits. New symbols with designations like organ donors and veterans have also been redesigned.

Previous driver’s license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new ones until replaced or phased out. The new credential will be available at all locations by the end of December 2017, and can also be renewed online at GoRenew.com. Until then, however, cardholders are not obligated to replace their current ID.

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Florida’s new driver’s license and identification card design rolls out in August, and includes heightened security measures. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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