Driver's License Security

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Alabama driver licenses, beginning in March, will have more security as a result of the 9/11 attacks and new federal identification standards.

The intelligence reform law signed by President Bush requires that the U.S. Department of Transportation and Homeland Security work with states to establish minimum identification standards for driver licenses, birth certificates and other forms of state-issued identification.

Alabama issues a license made from a high-tech composite material. It's not just laminated paper anymore. It has more than 20 security features, some as simple as overlapping digital symbols -- making it harder to cut and paste -- and others invisible to the naked eye.

With the changes, behind every digital photo will be computer watermarks that only special police computers will be able to read.
These watermarks contain demographic information about the cardholder. The cards also bear a blacklight-visible hologram.
Similar security features will be included on other forms of state-issued identification.