STATE – State officials unveiled New Jersey’s next generation Enhanced Digital Driver License (EDDL) at media events in Newark and Trenton today.
“The driver license is no longer a simple card that proves you are legally entitled to operate a motor vehicle,” said Raymond P. Martinez, chairman and chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). “It is now the primary source of identification for most Americans and a source document used for so many other pieces of identification.”
The EDDL, which was fully implemented in all 39 MVC agencies today, builds on the security first introduced in 2004 with New Jersey’s first digital license. The new license, while similar in appearance to the old one, features more than 25 covert and overt features designed to reduce fraud and abuse through updated technology and enhanced security features that are known only to the MVC and its law enforcement partners.
“While the old license is adequate, recent events remind us that we must remain vigilant and stay one step ahead of those criminals who would seek to perpetrate fraud and illegally obtain this valuable form of identification,” Martinez said.
The new EDDL is also considered to be materially-compliant under REAL ID standards. The REAL ID Act of 2005 is a federal law that imposes certain security, authentication and issuance procedures for state driver licenses and state ID cards in order for them to be accepted for “official purposes” as defined by the US Secretary of Homeland Security.
In the last decade, the MVC has implemented numerous security and fraud prevention measures to complement its digital license, including 6-point ID Verification, security enhanced license plates and temporary registration tags and a comprehensive document fraud training program which even outside partners have taken advantage of over the years.
In 2010, the MVC conducted 340 criminal investigations that led to 278 arrests resulting in either completed or still-pending criminal prosecutions triggered by fraudulent documents and various fraud-related offenses and another 66 related to other offenses.
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