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Minnesota unveils new driver's licenses and ID cards

State will begin issuing them on August 6.

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 1:17 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans can finally see what newly designed driver’s licenses and ID cards will look like.

The state’s Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division unveiled the new cards Monday. They will be issued for applications or renewals processed on or after August 6.

Some of the features of the new cards includes:

• State of Minnesota branding and colors.
• Under 21 cards will be vertical, making it easier for businesses to identify those not able to make purchases that are prohibited to minors.
• Different color headings will identify instruction permits, commercial driver’s licenses and other card types.
• A “ghost image” in the lower right corner is a repeat image of the cardholder’s portrait.
• A multi-colored and intricate background featuring the Mississippi River, a canoeist and a pine forest.
• An image of a walleye embedded into the card stock that can be observed by holding the card up to a light source.

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