The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that, as part of ongoing security enhancements, PennDOT is updating security features of its driver license and identification card products. 

PennDOT is piloting the new products at the Summerdale Driver License Center in Enola beginning September 12, 2022. 

All other Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by mid-November 2022. The new products will be phased in during renewal cycles and will replace existing products. 

Both standard and Real IDs will use the new design and security features. 

The cards will look different and have additional fraud security features, some of the new features include: 

  • Guilloche Security Design: a feature that includes sophisticated techniques to embed a variety of customized security patterning into the credential, using non-commercial software developed specifically for high security documents (banknotes, passports, ID cards, etc)
  • Optically Variable Ghost Portrait and Variable Data with UV: features that change their appearance when the viewing angle of the card changes, which moves them from fully visible to non-visible. The card also includes an ultraviolet (UV) response that fluoresces under UV lighting. The UV response is fixed – visible under UV light regardless of viewing angle 
  • Dynamic Look Through Element (DLTE): a dynamic feature with gold metallic tint that is visible under direct lighting. 

The new cards comply with American Association of Motor Vehicle Association (AAMVA) 2020 specifications.

More information on the changes can be found on PennDOT's website