How does the design of an enhanced card differ from the REAL ID or standard card design?

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 the 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 the U.S. flag on the front indicating U.S. citizenship.
e. The word “Enhanced” on the front.




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