Maryland, like many other states in the United States, has implemented various security features on its state-issued identification cards (ID cards) to enhance security and prevent fraud. These security features are designed to make it difficult to counterfeit or tamper with the ID card. Keep in mind that security features may change over time as new technologies and methods are developed. Here are some of the common security features you might find on a Maryland Identification Card:
- Laser-Engraved Information: Many Maryland ID cards feature laser-engraved text and images. These elements are difficult to reproduce using standard printing methods.
- Holograms: Holographic images or patches may be incorporated into the ID card design. These holograms are often complex and have a 3D appearance, making them difficult to replicate.
- UV Ink: Some parts of the ID card may contain ultraviolet (UV) ink that is visible only under UV light. This can help authorities verify the authenticity of the card.
- Microprinting: Tiny text or patterns that are virtually impossible to reproduce accurately with standard printing methods are often used on ID cards.
- Ghost Images: Some ID cards have ghost images or secondary images of the cardholder that can be seen when the card is held up to the light.
- Barcode: A barcode on the back of the ID card may contain encoded information for verification purposes.
- Tactile Features: Raised text, patterns, or other tactile elements can be felt by touch and are used to help individuals with visual impairments and to deter counterfeiting.
- Security Threads: Thin threads or strips embedded in the card can be seen when held up to the light. These threads are difficult to replicate.
- Color-Shifting Ink: Ink that changes color when tilted or viewed from different angles is often used as a security feature.
- Tamper-Evident Features: If someone attempts to alter the card, it may become evident due to specific features that react to tampering.
- Encoded Information: The magnetic stripe or chip on the ID card may contain encoded information that can be read by authorized devices.
- Barcoded Signature: In some cases, a barcoded version of the cardholder’s signature may be present.
- Scannable Information: Information on the ID card, such as the cardholder’s name, date of birth, and ID number, is typically scannable for verification.
Please note that the specific security features on Maryland identification cards may vary by card type and issuance date. For the most up-to-date and detailed information on Maryland ID card security features, it’s recommended to visit the official website of the Maryland Department of Transportation or contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Additionally, ID cards issued after my last update in September 2021 may have new or enhanced security features. For more information visit IDPAPA