The state’s newly redesigned driver licenses and IDs will be available at each of the seven Tax Collector offices in Orange County by the end of the month, Scott Randolph announced today. It is the first redesign of the state’s driver license and ID in more than ten years.
The new design includes nearly twice the amount of security features compared to the current design, including new state-of-the-art ultraviolet (UV) Ink; an “optical ghost” image, which is visible when the card is tilted; and optical data for enhanced security. The new ID is considered the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today.
“Security is always our top concern,” Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph said. “As we continue to work hard to combat identification fraud in Florida, we’re hopeful that the new ID will be more difficult for criminals to replicate than ever before.”
On top of the security protections, the new design features a completely new look with pastel colors and ocean waves that is uniquely Florida and new designations for lifetime sportsman, boater, fishing and hunting licenses. The IDs also feature designations for veterans, organ donors, deaf/hard of hearing persons and, for the first time, a designation for the developmentally disabled.
The new licenses are currently available at the Tax Collector’s Winter Garden, Lee Vista, Sand Lake Road and Clarcona locations. By the end of the month, the licenses will also be available at the Downtown Orlando, West Colonial and Dean and University locations, and available online by the end of 2017.
The State of Florida is planning for a phased in implementation of the new ID meaning Florida drivers with current valid licenses do not need to rush to obtain the new ID. Only those with expired licenses, or anyone who has moved or changed their name, are required to obtain the new ID.
Getting Your New ID
To obtain your new license or ID in Orange County, residents are encouraged to use the Tax Collector’s SmartPass texting system, which allows customers to join the line virtually, rather than waiting at the office, or schedule an appointment for a later date.
To use SmartPass:
- Visit the Tax Collector’s website at octaxcol.com and select an office location;
- Enter your cell phone number and select driver license/ID as the reason for your visit; and
- Join the line virtually to be seen today or schedule an appointment for a later date.