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Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday a new state effort to educate bar owners, security and staff of licensed establishments about new security features included on driver licenses, permits and ID cards issued by the state. A new electronic brochure will be distributed to thousands of bar owners across the state that provides a description of the advanced security features in these forms of identification to make it easier for owners and staff at establishments with liquor licenses to authenticate them and recognize fake IDs.

“The new security features embedded in New York’s redesigned driver’s licenses and identification cards are second to none, and we’re looking to help responsible bar owners and their employees spot fakes and forgeries,” Cuomo said. “As a new college semester is about to begin, we must work together to keep underage New Yorkers out of the bars and out of harm’s way.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Liquor Authority teamed up to create the brochure that outlines security features on the new ID cards, which the DMV began distributing in 2013. More than half of the cards currently in circulation are the more secure, redesigned version, but the old style remains valid until the expiration date is reached. The new security features, which are among the most advanced in the nation, are highly resistant to tampering and are designed to prevent identity theft.

Motor vehicle investigators work closely with local police, New York State Police and sheriff’s departments across the state in underage drinking enforcement, targeting facilities that are identified as the “last drink location” for individuals who are under 21 and arrested for DWI, including concert venues and bars across New York. Those under 21 are given a vertical ID card, making it easier for bar owners and those who check IDs to identify who is underage.

Revamped, state-issued ID cards include the following features:

• Vertical card: Anyone younger than 21 years of age is issued a vertical card.

• Laser-engraved photo: The photo is burned into the card on a background of fine-line graphics.

• Tactile laser engraving: The raised lettering on the ID number, the birth and expiration dates and the signature can be felt.

• Anti-copy ink colors and rainbow printing: The card is manufactured using fine-line color graphics that are difficult to reproduce on a color copier or photo printer.