New Initiative Educating Bar Owners About New State ID Cards

New brochure details changes in driver licenses, permits, and IDs, equipping servers with tool to spot fake or altered cards

burgerbarsecurityNew York State will soon distribute electronic brochures to thousands of bar owners across the state describing the advanced security features in new State identification cards to make it easier for owners and staff at bars and liquor stores to authenticate them and identify fake IDs.


“The new security features embedded in New York’s redesigned driver’s licenses and identification cards are second to none and we’re looking to help responsible bar owners and their employees spot fakes and forgeries,” Governor Cuomo said. “As a new college semester is about to begin, we must work together to keep underage New Yorkers out of the bars and out of harm’s way.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and State Liquor Authority teamed up to create the brochure that outlines security features on the new ID cards (view here), which DMV began distributing in 2013. More than half of the cards currently in circulation are the more secure, redesigned version, but the old style remains valid until the expiration date is reached. The new security features, which are among the most advanced in the nation, are highly resistant to tampering and are designed to prevent identity theft.

Persons under 21 are given a vertical state ID card, to make it easier for bar owners and those who check IDs to identify who is underage.

New state ID cards include the following features:

· Vertical card: Anyone under 21 years old is issued a vertical card.

· Under ultra-violet light: Highly detailed ultra-violet graphics cover the front surface of the card, including a map of New York State, starbursts in the left corner, and fine line graphics in the clear window.

· Polycarbonate material: The cards have a unique metallic sound when dropped on a hard surface.

· Laser-engraved photo: The photo is burned into the card on a background of fine line graphics.

· Tactile laser engraving: You can feel the raised lettering on the ID number, birth and expiration dates, and signature.

· Anti-copy ink colors and rainbow printing: The card is manufactured using fine line color graphics that are difficult to reproduce on a color copier or photo printer.

· Secondary photo in clear window: The secondary photo is burned into the car with laser engraving. The clear window has clean, beveled edges.

· Variable wave pattern: The “wave” features the license holder’s name as a continuous string of variable sized text, which transitions through the clear secondary photo window.

· Back of the card: The signature and address change boxes on the back of the card have a matte finish that is flush with the surface.


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