SC unveils new, more secure driver's licenses

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina driver's licenses are getting their first overhaul in 16 years with new graphics, photos and tamper-resistant features.

Gov. Mark Sanford and Department of Motor Vehicles executive director Marcia Adams introduced the new licenses Thursday at the DMV office in Irmo.

DMV spokeswoman Beth Parks says the new features make it tougher to alter the licenses or to make a counterfeit copy.

Parks said one of the most noticeable changes is a new, vertical license for people under 21 years of age.

Drivers will not have to replace their current license until the one they have expires. Fees and requirements are not changing.

The state last changed its driver's licenses in 1994.

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