While its licensing process will stay the same for now, the Department of Public Safety has decided it will move forward with plans to redesign the actual license.
Jeff Hankins, director of driver license services, said the state has negotiated a new contract for the equipment that develops and prints the licenses, and as part of that change the look of the license will be altered slightly.
The driver photograph will be moved from the top right side of the card to the bottom left, and some other information on the card will be repositioned slightly under the new system, Hankins said.
“It's not necessarily the process, it's the software and the equipment, the hardware, that's used on this new system,” he said.
“They totally redesigned the system to where it's going to be faster for the operator, which will speed up the line of people waiting at the tag agencies and exam offices.”
Hankins said the department will run a test of the new license upgrade Tuesday in Edmond, with statewide deployment scheduled to start about two weeks later.
Statewide implementation is scheduled to be complete in three to four months, he said.
The new card also will allow Oklahoma veterans to identify themselves as such with a special insignia. That option will be available beginning Nov. 1.