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Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2017

Larry Crowe, DMV PIO
(603) 227-4051

New Hampshire DMV to Begin Phase-In of Newly Designed License and Non-Driver ID

Concord NH - The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announces a new look to the New Hampshire Driver License and Non-Driver Identification card. The new design will be phased in over five years and requires no additional action or cost on the part of New Hampshire citizens. The new cards include state-of-the-art security features not available during the last re-design in 2008 and will make the New Hampshire license one of the most advanced in the nation.


NH DMV New License Front

picture of the New NH DMV License Front

NH DMV New License Back

picture of the New NH DMV License Back


"The redesign not only makes the cards more attractive and easy to read, but it also takes a significant step forward in security and the protection of our customers’ information," DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. "The five-year phase in allows customers to wait until their regular renewal date to receive the new license."

DMV customers who renew or apply for a license or non-driver identification card after January 2, 2017 will receive the new design. Current licenses and non-driver IDs will remain valid until their scheduled renewal. Those renewing or being issued a new license at a DMV office will receive a temporary license and the new license will be mailed to them within sixty days. Those opting to renew online will have the new license or non-driver ID mailed to them.

The new design has a more colorful background and includes iconic New Hampshire symbols such as a profile of the Old Man of the Mountain, the Purple Lilac, and an outline of the State.

The new design will also be REAL ID compliant for those who choose to opt-in to that program. REAL ID compliant licenses and ID cards may be used for certain federal identification purposes, including boarding domestic flights and entry into federal buildings. All current, valid licenses can still be used to board domestic flights and for entry into federal buildings until October 1, 2020. Additional information on REAL ID, including specific document requirements can be found at nh.gov/dmv.

The DMV always encourages its customers to visit its website at www.nh.gov/dmv for availability of forms and documents that can be completed ahead of the visit.

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