State's High-Tech Driver's License Project Moving Ahead

North Carolina's Division of Motor Vehicles has shifted work to create high-tech driver's licenses from a company with which it had repeated problems to a sister firm which it has done business with for years.

The DMV announced Thursday the Department of Transportation has signed a $73.5 million deal with MorphoTrust, by which it will produce more than 2 million driver license and ID cards annually.

The "next generation" licenses will meet federal standards. A pilot project is expected by the end of this year.

MorphoTrust already provides North Carolina's current driver's licenses but couldn't do the upgraded licenses until recently.

Instead, DMV in 2010 hired a different company called , but the contract was beset by delays and work stoppages.

MorphoTrak's parent bought what is now called MorphoTrust in 2011.

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