Important Update for North Carolina Notaries: Changes to State-Issued IDs


Image of the new NC Driver's License, ID Card which will be issued starting in June. (Photo Credit: NC DMV)

As a North Carolina notary, it is crucial to stay informed about any changes that may impact your work. Recently, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced significant updates to state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. These changes are designed to enhance security and reflect the state’s rich cultural heritage. Here’s what you need to know:

New Designs Reflecting North Carolina’s Heritage

The updated driver’s licenses and IDs will feature state-inspired designs. This includes iconic images and symbols that highlight North Carolina's natural beauty and historical significance. These new visuals are not just for aesthetics; they also serve to make the IDs more challenging to counterfeit.

Enhanced Security Features

Security is a top priority for the new ID designs. The updated licenses include advanced security features aimed at preventing fraud and improving identification accuracy. Here are some key security enhancements:

  1. Optical Variable Devices (OVDs): These are holographic images that change appearance based on the viewing angle. OVDs make it difficult to replicate the ID using standard printing techniques.
  2. Ghost Images: Faint, secondary images of the ID holder's photograph add an extra layer of verification.
  3. Tactile Features: Raised text and images that can be felt by touch make it harder for counterfeiters to create convincing fakes.
  4. Microprinting: Tiny, difficult-to-reproduce text is embedded in various parts of the ID.
  5. Laser Perforation: Tiny holes that form images or text when held up to the light enhance security.

Practical Implications for Notaries

As a notary, you must be able to recognize these new features to verify the authenticity of the IDs presented to you. Here are some steps to ensure you’re prepared:

  1. Familiarize Yourself with the New Designs: Review samples of the new IDs, which can be found on the North Carolina DMV website or obtained from your local DMV office.
  2. Stay Updated: Attend any training sessions or webinars offered by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office regarding these changes.
  3. Educate Your Clients: Inform your clients about the new IDs, especially those who might be unaware of the changes.
  4. Verify Carefully: Pay close attention to the enhanced security features when verifying an ID. If you suspect an ID is fraudulent, follow the proper protocols for reporting it.

Transition Period

There will be a transition period during which both the old and new IDs will be in circulation. During this time, it’s essential to be vigilant and adaptable. The old IDs will remain valid until their expiration date, but understanding the new features is crucial for preventing fraud.


The updates to North Carolina’s state-issued IDs are a significant step forward in enhancing security and showcasing state pride. As a notary, staying informed about these changes ensures that you continue to perform your duties accurately and effectively. Embrace these changes, and take the time to educate yourself and your clients on the new features. For more detailed information, visit the North Carolina DMV website.

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