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Contract Approved for New Enhanced Driver License

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

August 12, 2003

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Cabinet today voted to approve a five-year contract with Digimarc ID Systems Inc. that will lead to a new type of driver license for Floridians. The new license (and identification card) will include enhanced security features to discourage identity theft and the counterfeiting of licenses and IDs.

The licenses/IDs will be produced on state-of-the-art equipment that will speed issuances, reduce "down-time," and enhance the ability of driver license offices to safeguard sensitive information and maintain strict control over their inventory. To keep up with rapid changes in technology, the contract also provides for updating technology with new hardware and software when the contract comes up for renewal after five years.

The contract approved today is the culmination of a process that began in the summer of 2001. The Department held a series of focus groups that included stakeholders such as banks, retailers, credit card companies, law enforcement agencies, the statewide prosecutor, and others concerned about the growing problems of identity theft and driver license fraud. The result was a new state-of-the-art license that includes three distinct layers of enhanced security.

With today’s approval of the contract, the Department expects to begin converting its offices to the new licensing system by next spring. Meanwhile, the current licensing system will continue in use.

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