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Release Date: April 20, 2009 
Last Update: April 22, 2009 
Frequently Asked Questions

How does the enhanced driver's license or state ID card differ from a standard driver's license or ID card?


All driver's licenses and state ID cards issued by the Secretary of State employ security features that are industry best practices to prevent the card from being fraudulently copied or used.

Specific features of the enhanced license or ID include:

a. A radio frequency identification (RFID) chip to speed border crossings. The RFID chip does not contain any personally identifying information.

b. A machine-readable zone on the back of the card to serve as a backup if RFID equipment is unavailable.

c. A security sleeve to protect the RFID chip from being read when the card is not being used.

d. An image of a U.S. flag on the front indicating U.S. citizenship.

e. The word "Enhanced" on the front.


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