NC DMV Plans 3-D Licenses, Shorter Wait Times

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is preparing to introduce a new electronic system for renewing and issuing licenses with new features that include a laser-engraved 3-D photo of the driver.

Officials at the state agency also say their Next Generation Secure Driver License System being introduced early next year will reduce wait times for most transactions at DMV offices to less than 30 minutes. Current wait times average about 34 minutes.

The changes are part of a national push to introduce new security measures and decrease the possibility of identity theft.

The new licenses to be issued to North Carolina's more than 6.9 million drivers will also include machine-readable technology and backgrounds with variable colors and patterns officials say will make the ID cards virtually impossible to counterfeit.


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  • by donkar Location: greenville on Mar 22, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    I totally understand that it is difficult to wait for service anywhere. I also think that if you would go to the DMV in the morning rather than the afternoon you would be serviced much quicker. It seems that many people want to come Friday afternoon which is the busiest day and if you go during your lunch hour you have to understand that they are probably even shorter staffed at that time because of their lunch hours. I know appointments can be made and that would help your wait time also. Please give these people a little credit. They are verbally abused and criticized nearly every day and still manage to make it to work the next day. Unfortunately I don't believe we will ever see the day that public servants can make everyone happy.
  • by 3-D ? on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Will I need those red/blue glasses to fully appreciate the 3-D effect?
  • by Armywife Location: Fayetteville, NC on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    I don't know where this "average wait time" is but I just had mine renewed last month and I was there 4hrs!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 02:28 AM
    How bout instead of this STUPID idea, We find a plastic that does not deteriorate every 3 months in my wallet!
  • by AdamRichman Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
    I agree with Victor, whatever it takes to retain what little rights we have when greedy undeserving people try to rape and take them from us. I bet 3D photos add more weight to the photo, Ladies I apologize but I'm sure you all will be looking lovely..... well not ALL..
  • by Jeff on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    I think this is a great idea, hopefully it wont take them long to start processing these.
  • by Discrimnation on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    This is discrimination!! How will immigrants get a licence to drive and work in NC!!
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      by dummy on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM in reply to Discrimnation
      they'll just drive without one like they've been doing
  • by Victor Location: NC on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
    The NCDMV goes through hugh measures to protect our identity. Here's another step.Our state leads the nation in trying to find new ways in protecting our information. How about welcome new things and be thankful that the NCDMV and it's Law Enforcement Agents do such a good job.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:03 PM in reply to Victor
      Yep, ID thieft is a big problem. Sounds like an improvement to me.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM in reply to Victor
      DO you really think this will stop or even slow identity theft! so long as there are personal home pc's and new photo programs out there it may slow them down but it wont stop them just gives them an obsticle to get around, kinda like the new money with the second picture with the president was supposed to stop counterfeit bills however there still are conterfeit bills floating around!
  • by yukon on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    My sister lives in Tenn with no traffic violations they can go on line and get their license mail to them why not NC just a thought
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM in reply to yukon
      they want to make sure you can still see straight in NC
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Does anyone besides me think that this a stupid idea and a waste of money?
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