Arizona Getting Ugly New Driver's License Design

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There's going to be a new design for Arizona driver's licenses, starting June 16.

As you can see from the sample above, it's hideous.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, this new license is "designed to protect against identity theft."

On this new design sample, we're counting 10 different fonts, sizes, or colors of text. We're counting four text differences on the old license, which are nicely aligned, unlike the new one.

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WTF.
Gone is the background of the Grand Canyon and the blue sky above it, as it's being replaced with something that looks like it would be awarded an "honorable mention" in an art contest among third-graders.

Even the word "Arizona," which was printed in a clean, traditional serif font on the old license, now looks like the lettering above the cheap diner in your local strip mall.

Even better, ADOT says you can't actually pick up the new license at the MVD. You'll be issued a temporary license, and the ugly license will be mailed to your home within 15 days.

According to an ADOT explainer, "As in other states that have moved to this process, the decision to accept the temporary credential as proof of identity exists solely with the organization requesting to see the license or identification card."

Although the old license doesn't expire until you're old, you're supposed to get your photo updated every 12 years, so the current style of licenses are valid for another 12 years.

ADOT describes the "art" in the background as a "high-security design comprised of unique Arizona geological features in the background created by using many different patterns, lines and images." (And 15 different flavors of ugly.)

Other security features include a raised feel to the date-of-birth field, a laminate overlay (similar to the current one), the second portrait, and a "laser perforation" in the shape of Arizona.

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212 comments
lildebz05
lildebz05

I like it! Something different is always good! :)

phxinphx
phxinphx

Bro looks good for a 57 year old Vietnam Vet! LMAO

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Since the only view many readers get of the Typical Arizonan is Matt Hendley's Mugshots of the Week, it would seem appropriate that an Ugly License would be used for a Desert Racist Wasteland of Ugly Neck-Face Tattooed Criminals.


hth.

Travis Lugo
Travis Lugo

some people do and that's the way it is.

Drew VB
Drew VB

It looks like a real drivers license now so 'Like'

MaiLe Keller
MaiLe Keller

It looks like Colorado driver license. It's okay.

Shawn Crapo
Shawn Crapo

Who gives a fuck? It looks exactly like every other state.

Steve Stunatra
Steve Stunatra

Don't like it and don't see the point in changing it.

Charlie Erb
Charlie Erb

ugly is not the problem. the great big word "VETERAN" can be used as a hotbutton for the police to treat the person differently.. my new AHCCS card has a notation on it about my medical condition, which now makes it the business of every unrelated health care provider like the pharmacist or dentist or osteopath-- will that also be on my new drivers license? what other notations will be on every piece of identification we carry? "On Food Stamps"? "College Student" or "Dropout"? "Gun Permit on Record"? "Did Hard Time"? "Native American"? "Immigrant"? "LGBT"? "Democrat"?

Isaac Smothers
Isaac Smothers

Good thing my license doesn't expire until 2047.

Kristi Hermans
Kristi Hermans

I miss my old az license it was good til I was 65! Nevada every 4 yrs

Denise Ungerman
Denise Ungerman

At least it doesn't expire when you're 65! Always thought that was stupid.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

The ID's are getting almost as bad as the pictures.

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

Now if only we could also attach voting preference and allow stores to not serve you based on that.

Kyle Aaron Padden
Kyle Aaron Padden

If they wanna force everyone to have one then they better be the ones paying for it

Douglas Jackson
Douglas Jackson

More big brother at work. Packaged and wrapped all pretty to make us swallow it up as all good.

Sandra Bishop
Sandra Bishop

Most if not all states are going this type of license because I have heard law enforcement will be able to when scanned they will be able to scan an all states for wants and warrants. I believe it also has to do with homeland security. IMO

wasteland
wasteland

@DonkeyHotay I hear you, though I group arizoniacs together as fat, pale, concert t-shirt wearing, epsilon-minus semi-morons.

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