Starting next month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin to roll out new drivers’ licenses and ID cards. The latest iteration will include redundant data, ultraviolet ink and special identifiers for hunting licenses, organ donors and veterans. Sexual predators and offenders will also have designations prominently displayed on their credentials.
This will be the first update since 2003, and four years since the Department of Homeland Security announced the phased enforcement of the Real ID Act in 2013, which was enacted in 2005 and has elicited much debate over big government encroachment by the most polarized segments of American society.
While Florida currently issues REAL ID-compliant credentials, the new ones will incorporate the latest technology in security and fraud protection features. They will be available over the counter in August and online by the end of December, 2017.