1. Why is DMV changing the design of the New York State driver license and non-driver ID Card?
The contract with our current license document vendor expires this year. The changeover to a new vendor presents an opportunity for DMV to update the license and incorporate important new security features within the license, such as the use of gray-scale photographs and a new, more durable and tamper-resistant polycarbonate material.
2. Will the new style license and non-driver ID Card cost more?
No. There are no additional fees associated with the new style document.
3. Am I required to get the new style license or non-driver ID Card before it is time for me to renew?
No. You are not required to get a new style license or non-driver ID Card before your current document expires. After October, everyone will get the new style document when they renew or get a replacement.
4. Will I get the new style license or non-driver ID Card if I renew?
Yes. All photo documents are now being produced in the new style.
5. Do I have to get a new picture?
Not always. Replacement documents ordered through the DMV web site are produced using the photo we currently have on file.
6. Why is my photo in black and white?
Photos on the new style license are captured in high-resolution color but are actually laser engraved (as opposed to traditional printing) on the license resulting in a grayscale image. A laser engraved image is virtually tamper resistant and vastly increases the overall security of the license.