Your Indiana Driver's License is Getting a Makeover
INDIANAPOLIS -- Your next Indiana driver's license, learner's permit, or state-issued ID card will look very different from the card you currently have in your purse or wallet.
The most noticeable change might to your driver's license photo. The color photo you have now is being replaced with a black-and-white photo.
The background of the new card is different, too. The pink stripe across the top is gone and the map of Indiana that's beneath your personal information has been replaced by light blue "Indiana-related images," including a racecar.
The new card is made of more durable, longer-lasting plastic and has "modern security features," according to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Other new or improved features of the updated Indiana driver's license include:
- Laser-engraved text and image
- Tactile and UV features
- Specific vertical card format and/or wording for drivers under 18 and 21, respectively
- Easier-to-read personal information
- More durable card construction for a longer-lasting, tamper-resistant card
The new design will have no impact on your Real ID status, according to the BMV.
If you already have a Real ID, you will still have the Real ID "star" indicator in the top right-hand corner.
If you don't have a Real ID and don't wish to apply for one, you will have the option to forego the Real ID while still receiving the new design.
The new design will be available statewide by mid-July, but you don't have to run out and get one. Your license, permit, or ID is valid until the expiration date printed on the card.
(Photo provided by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.)