Rhode Island DMV Reveals New RI Driver License

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Rhode Islanders are about to get a new photo ID (whenever you renew your current one)…and this one is pretty Newport-centric.

It was inevitable. The current Rhode Island driver license wasn’t going to last forever. It has been around since 2003 and its security features have fallen behind the times, especially given the new Federal Real ID standards.



Now the new RI Driver License has been revealed and we have to say that it focuses on (in our opinion) the most photogenic aspects of the state. Namely, the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. Also, to ensure that it doesn’t get mistaken for any any old suspension bridge, the Rose Island lighthouse is show in the foreground. There’s also a sailboat, because we’re Rhode Island and our ID has to be as Ocean State-y as possible.

New RI Driver License

As you can see, the new RI Driver License¬†offers a few new features. The Date Of Birth is displayed three times on the ID. There is a smaller “ghost” photo. There’s also an “Optically Variable Pattern” AKA hologram with the state seal, name, an anchor (because once again, this ID is as Rhode Island as possible) and stars. There’s also some UV ink to make it look like you might have been doing naughty stuff with the thing.

So, for all you bartenders, bouncers, cops and liquor store employees, take a good look, because you’re going to be seeing a lot of these in the years to come.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Identification Correspondent

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