By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With a new redesign, Marylanders are getting more secure driver’s licenses and identification cards, according to the Motor Vehicle Administration.

“The completely redesigned cards feature cutting-edge security features to protect against identity theft and counterfeiting,” according to to a MVA news release.

“Maryland last updated the driver’s license in 2003 and the old technology is vulnerable to fraud. The new cards also proudly feature iconic Maryland symbols and a colorful Maryland-themed background,” officials said.

The new cards were unveiled Monday at a MVA branch office in Annapolis.

They have a changeable image, raised print, unique barcode and other features to insure identity.

“Those are the things that we know about, so if you try to pass off a fake license to any law enforcement official we know right away based on the security features they have in place,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Satchell, with the Maryland State Police.

Officials also announced that cards will no longer be issued over-the-counter to improve security.

Maryland licenses through the years. (Photo credit: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration)

Maryland licenses through the years. (Photo credit: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration)

The MVA will begin issuing the new licenses and ID’s on June 30th.

New licenses are issued when it comes time for a renewal, but officials say your address must be current because all the cards will be sent by mail.

There will be no changes in the I.D. or licensing fees.

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