DMV rolling out new driver's licenses

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that it will roll out a new style of driver's licenses and ID cards at all DMV offices by the end of this month. Under the new system, licenses are mailed, not printed at the DMV. The change is to take effect at the Bennington DMV on June 19.

"The new licenses are more secure and designed to protect better against fraud and identity theft," DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli said in a media release. "We urge people to renew early and to read about the new driver's licenses and ID cards before visiting the DMV."

Throughout the month of June, Vermonters who receive a renewal notice in the mail are advised to check the DMV website to learn which offices have changed to the new system. If a DMV office is still issuing the old style of credentials, then customers will receive a renewed license or ID card like those currently in use.

At offices that have changed to the new system, customers will not leave with a new license or ID card. The new credentials have advanced security features and will be mailed from a high-security printing facility seven to ten days after visiting the DMV. Customers will leave the DMV with a 30-day temporary paper document to be used for driving purposes only. Those who renew by mail after the DMV has changed to the new system will not receive a temporary document.

People who attempt to use the temporary license for identification purposes, such as cashing a check or boarding an airplane, will likely be asked for a second form of ID. The DMV recommends that along with the temporary paper document, people also keep their current credential, even if it has expired.

The rollout schedule is as follows and is subject to change: Rutland, June 11; Dummerston, June 17; Springfield, and St. Albans, June 18; Bennington, June 19; Middlebury, June 20; South Burlington, June 21; White River Junction, June 24; Montpelier, June 25; Newport, June 26 and St. Johnsbury, June 27.

More information is available at dmv.vermont.gov/licenses

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