• Feb 26, 2009
To aid in the fight against counterfeiting, Virginia is combining new tech with old: lasers and black & white photography. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has ceased issuing licenses made from layers of plastic, replacing them with cards that use neither layers nor photographs.
The new licenses have a color background, but the photographs are laser etched in black-and-white since lasers can't yet etch in color. The new IDs also sport a bit of microprinting and a transparent second picture, behind which is the person's name in some squiggly print. It's not the prettiest driver's license in the world, but if it helps you hold onto your identity, that's got to count for something. It also gives someone in the DMV purchasing department a chance to say "I've been looking for a good reason to buy a laser..."

[Source: The Associated Press via NBCWashington.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lol...Real funny. Counterfeiters will have that down right away. Who are we kidding???
      Steven Ungles
      • 5 Years Ago
      And don't give them out to illegal aliens.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ontario has been doing this with their licences for a while:

      http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=57e94855-4736-4f0e-9d81-a4dc9f891ff8
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ontario? Is that one of Obama's 57 states? :P

        I kid, I kid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks outdated.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's retro. Like the entire US muscle car industry has gone.
      Mr. O.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter how they thwart counterfeiting how about teaching them to drive better. I.E proper use of turn signals and the passing lane!!!
      theobgynisin
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does everyone keep referring to Barack Obama as African-American? He's half white. That makes him a Half-rican. How many different identity changes are black people going to need before they settle on a title for themselves. They were colored, Negroes, Black, and now you want to be african-Americans. How about just being American? It's no wonder why people who live in Africa laugh when you tell them there are people who refer to themselves as African-Americans in the USA who have never stepped foot on the African Continent. If you want to identify yourself with them, MOVE THERE !!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      forget licenses & lasers, just shoot everybody w/a RFID
      John
      • 5 Years Ago
      We're ALL just mutts. Obama said he's one too....
      Dawg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank God im from the south.I really dont think vic you have to worry about southerners going up north.But we have to worry about yall non driving assholes in are way here in florida.Also if you move to a region does not give a person to call other people ignorant just because southerners have a accent.Remeber the south is are home so help a yankee out and put his ass up north 75.
      brian
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see everyone do the SPEED LIMIT IN VA LOL......EVEN IN THE LEFT LANE LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am African-American, but I must say I had to chuckle when I read the title... and saw the photo :-X
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why?
        • 5 Years Ago
        While his comment wasn't the most tactful, I do have to somewhat agree.

        My family came here from England generations ago. I was born in the united states.

        But do I refer to myself as an English American? No.

        I say if you are American, call yourself an American and be proud.

        Diversity is a founding block of our nation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ambientFLIER- people of Asian descent (even those who have been in the US for generations) are referred to as "Asian Americans". The same naming convention applies when referring to African-Americans, whose ancestors are from Africa. You must be from the South. Please don't move anywhere else in my lifetime.
        • 5 Years Ago
        edit: "that white guy" in 1. should read "that European guy". Note that nobody refers to American born white people of European ancestry as European the way they do an American born person of Asian ancestry (they call them Asian).
        Ruth
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vik, Vik, Vik,

        While chastising Flier for a potentially poor comment you insult an entire region.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ambientFLIER, deofol

        Agreed. The "-American" suffix should only be used for naturalized citizens or those with dual citizenship, not people actually born here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha! That's pretty funny Dwight =)

        Best.

        Just heard this story today on NPR too, by the way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        deo, jgp-

        1. How many white people do you know who, when talking about an AMERICAN who happens to be Korean or Indian born in the US or not, refers to them as "that Asian girl" or "that Indian girl" vs. how often they refer to a white person as "that white guy"?

        2. How many white people still ask "Where are you from? (Washington) No where are you REALLY from?" And yet you still take issue with minorities recognizing their ancestry, in spite of that fact that this difference is a part of their daily life for most.

        3. How much of your culture is unique and different from the majority population? Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? Do you celebrate Kwaanza? Didn't think so. This is a differentiating factor, as well.

        Deo- it makes sense that you don't refer to yourself as European-American because you're part of the majority. Until you've experienced what I've described above, I wouldn't think you'd think twice about it.

        It's ironic that you mention diversity being a founding block of our nation in this context. Without recognizing this diversity and maintaining some semblance of one's hybrid culture, including the way in which one self identifies, the "melting pot" that is America will only be made up of one ingredient.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Were you born in Africa, but later became an American citizen? Or are you just black?
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMAO! What a good sport cuz I laughed on the inside too. I was thinking to myself..."well THAT's ironic".
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no such thing as a bad reason to buy a laser.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Make sure to get some straps with them, so that you won't have a problem when you get the sharks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Damn right!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Except last week it was announced that Virginia has a $3.7 billion budget shortfall. Probably not the best time to be buying laser beams for the DMV.
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