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New tamper-proof driver's licenses to be issued

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Albany/HV: New tamper-proof driver's licenses to be issued
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Future forgers may be out of luck! The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is rolling out new licenses for drivers that officials say are virtually tamper-proof. As YNN's Madeleine Rivera reports, those new IDs will be seen in some DMVs in our area starting Thursday.

NEW YORK STATE -- "It's going to take a while for people to catch up on this technology," said Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk.

Within the next few weeks, people getting their licenses from the DMV will see some security changes. The new licenses would be firmer with laser etched black and white photos, two photos on the card and an imbedded signature on the scannable bar code.

"Especially with the two photos on the license, I think it's going to be much more difficult for people to fraudulently produce one of these licenses," said Merola.

"We have security anyway. It's not as if we're losing a lot," said John McCarthy, a New York state resident.

The new licenses could also help crack down on underage drinking. It would be easier to identify those under 21. They would have vertical licenses. But, Kim Smith, general manager at Gaffney's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, is still wary.

"Unfortunately, the kids are so good with their computers and with all kinds of technology that they find ways around everything, so we'll still be checking," she said.

And there are some who think the new licenses won't make much of a difference.

"I think in New York, it's kind of pointless because we already have in big letters under 21 on the license. But I guess it is a little easier because you can just tell by the shape of the license," said 18-year-old Linda Osier.

By the end of September, all DMV offices in the state will issue these new licenses.

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