Bonneville County Driver’s License Asks For Your Patience
Planning on getting your Idaho Driver’s License today? Do you need to renew an expired driver’s license? Expect some changes. They are issuing a brand new card design in an attempt to make IDs in the state of Idaho harder to counterfeit. It’s an updated system that the Idaho Transportation Department said features new security measures to thwart identity theft and fraud. As with all changes in protocol, there is a learning curve, and a process to follow. The Bonneville County Driver’s License Office politely asks that you are patient with them as they learn the new system. Not only will Idahoans get a new driver’s license, but the Driver’s License Deputies will have to walk step by step through a new computer program that has multiple prompts for them to follow. Please bring the appropriate information needed before you come in, and allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to go through the new process for having your new license issued. (Tip: Mondays and Fridays are their busiest days ).
After the events of 9/11, new minimum standards were created for the issuance of all state issued driver’s license and identification cards. Cards issued prior to June 2011 will remain valid until their expiration date. The cards may be accepted to establish identity and are valid for official Federal purposes to include boarding a commercial aircraft.
“The local police around here said that they were confiscating dozens every weekend,” said Reed Hollinshead of ITD about the old cards.
Sgt. Jeff Edwards of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office said that IDs have come a long way since 9/11.
“The TSA and the airline industry has heightened security measures on IDs and things like that, so with them making increased security measures required, the states are trying to comply with those,” said Edwards.
The new ID design features thermal ink that is activated by heat. There is also a perforation along the outline of the state. Other features such as watermarks and microprinting are geared to make the IDs impossible to re-create.
“People do counterfeit IDs. In addition, they counterfeit other things. One way to keep up with the trade is basically for us to increase those improvements, and the state of Idaho is doing just that,” said Edwards.
At ITD’s District 6 office in Rigby, Bruce King said that if your current ID is up to date, there is no need to get a new one.
“Citizens need not worry unless their drivers license is expiring,” said King.
In the new system, all IDs will be made in one central location for the entire state.
Another new procedure with the new IDs is giving the eye exam before taking your picture. This change came after complaints that the flash of the camera distorted vision immediately after taking the picture.