As of October 1, 2010, the DMV began issuing a new enhanced driver license (DL) and identification card (ID) with additional security features. These new features include: vertical layout for persons under 21; the cardholder’s date of birth and signatures that can be felt by touch; images that can be seen only with the use of ultraviolet lights; a 2D bar code on the back of the card that replicates and verifies information on the front of the card; and a laser perforation outline of the California Brown Bear, which can be seen from the front of the card when a flashlight is pressed against the back of the card.
Because of the extensive nature of these new security improvements, issuance of new or renewed driver licenses are taking approximately four to six weeks at this time to receive the new card. In order to prevent any counterfeit measures, we at DMV want to ensure all new DL/ID cards meet DMV security feature requirements. Fortunately, law enforcement has access to driver license records and is aware of the issuance backlog. In addition, they will honor the updated expiration date found on DMV records if a payment for renewal was received. Some entities, such as banks or airports, do not have access to these records and this can cause some inconvenience to our customers. In order to mitigate these issues, DMV can provide a temporary driver license which will be valid for 60 days from date of issuance. This should be enough time for your new DL/ID card to arrive in the mail.
If your current Driver License and/or Identification Card is expired or is about to expire, you may request a temporary license to be mailed to you by calling 1-800-777-0133 or visit a local DMV field office to receive a temporary license in person. If you have any questions, please tweet us at @CA_DMV or for additional information about the new driver license, check out the new driver license brochure.