the Winter of 2005, Alabama will begin issuing newly designed
driver licenses and identification cards. Technological advances
make these the most secure cards Alabama has ever issued.
This technology includes a 2-D barcode, magnetic stripe, digitized
portrait image, signature and various security features. Alabamas
new card design includes the state capital and state seal.
portrait and signature are both digital and stored in a
permanent database for easy retrieval
in order to verify identification.
18/21 driver licenses and identification cards are
now issued in a new vertical format that is immediately
recognizable. Under 18/21 cards display the words UNDER
18 UNTIL and/or UNDER 21 UNTIL followed
by the date the cardholder will turn 18 or 21 in bold red
text. This text is positioned vertically next to the portrait.