New Driver's Licenses Available May 23 in Ada County


Ada County residents will be able to get one of the first new-look driver's licenses and ID cards on Monday, May 23.

The new cards feature not only traditional information such as name, address, date of birth, height and weight, but also a machine-readable bar code containing the personal data, micro-printing, ghost images and a laser perforated pattern that reveals the shape of Idaho when held to the light. And while not all security features will be evident, they will make it obvious if someone tampers with a card.

Current Idaho licenses or ID cards remain valid through their expiration date, but individuals can opt to renew a license or ID card within one year of the expiration date. Once applicants apply for a new card, they will leave the county licensing office with a temporary document, which is valid for 30 days. The new card will be produced at a central production facility and mailed to the customer within about 10 business days.

Processing begins May 23 at the Ada County Driver's License Office on Benjamin Lane in Boise. The new system kicks off a week prior for Payette County residents at the County Driver's License Office in Payette on Monday, May 16. By summer, the new licenses and ID cards are expected to be available statewide at all other 51 county offices.