November 27, 2014

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License redesign: Pinkish salmon color, new security will be hard to miss

COLUMBUS — The Ohio driver license has a new look.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that it has updated the format for licenses and identification cards. The move follows an April pilot program in areas of Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.

The new cards are salmon colored and have a logo of the state that indicates the type of license or ID. The main photo is moved to top left corner with the ghost image on the right.

The new Ohio driver's license. (Photo from the Ohio BMV.)

The new Ohio driver's license. (Photo from the Ohio BMV.)

Information lines are numbered, and the magnetic strip identifies whether the holder is male or female. A change made in November lists only restrictions applying to the holder on the back of the license.

Public Safety Director Henry Guzman says the new format helps Ohio improve security.

Old format licenses and IDs remain valid until expired.