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BOISE -- In just a few months Idaho will be unveiling a new driver's license and identification card design.

The cards have been in the planning stage for over a year and officials say the reason for the new design is to improve the security and safety of Idahoans.

Idaho hasn't upgraded their driver's licenses in almost 10 years.

The Idaho Transportation Department says they intentionally purchased a fake version of an Idaho license online, and when it arrived, they had trouble telling the difference between the real one and fake one.

But these new cards will be virtually impossible to duplicate illegally, which will provide an extra layer to protect against identity theft.

The whole idea is to improve the security of our cards and we believe that this new card will do that, said Ed Pemble, Driver Services Manager.

Beginning in July new state-of-the-art identification cards and driver's licenses will be available in Idaho.

ITD says these upgraded cards have been a long time coming.

The security of our license both the card and the offices really need to be improved and this is a great time to do it, said Pemble.

A great time because Idaho is one of only 16 states in the nation that still uses an older system where licenses are available over-the-counter while you wait. The new licenses will be manufactured in a highly secure, state-of-the-art facility outside of Idaho.

The new cards will be virtually impossible to manufacture illegally, whereas the current licenses are easily copied.

One of the features is the laser perforation that will be in the card, said Pemble. It's in the shape of Idaho and when the card is held to the light, you will see the shape of the state of Idaho in tiny perforations that will shine through the card.

While the cards are being produced, citizens will have to wait to get their actual license.

While their license is being produced we'll give them a temporary document, it's a paper document with a photo on it, said Pemble.

ITD says the cards will then be mailed in about 10 days.

Officials also say the cards will be slightly more expensive for the state to manufacture, but would be cheaper than having to update all 44 counties to the new system.

There will be no additional cost for the licenses when they do begin production in July.

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