Patrick Administration Awards Contract for New Drivers License
Manufacturer to Open Factory in the Commonwealth

(Boston, MA) Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced today that the RMV has awarded Digimarc's ID Systems Business, now a part of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Solutions, located in Burlington, a six year contract to enhance the security of the state's driver's license which the company will begin manufacturing in the Commonwealth for the first time.

"We are looking forward to working with one of the leading providers of identity services to build more protections into what is now considered the most secure driver's credential in the country," said Registrar Kaprielian. "This next generation license will include state-of-the-art technologies that guard against tampering and counterfeiting."

The Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Solutions will produce on average more than 1.4 million driver's license and IDs a year in a new secure factory that will be built in an undisclosed location in Massachusetts. The factory will be protected by an out-of-state recovery system that will ensure continuous operation even in the event of a natural disaster.

"With significant resources and expertise, we are uniquely equipped to partner with Massachusetts, one of the country's most advanced driver's license issuers on their next-generation driver's license system," said Robert V. LaPenta, Chairman, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions. "We look forward to working collaboratively with the RMV to implement several key upgrades and enhancements that will further strengthen the security of their entire issuance system, including applicant data capture, identity verification, production, and card features."

Massachusetts drivers will begin receiving the new driver's license and MA ID in September of 2009. In-state production and postal handling should reduce the mailing time for new licenses. Currently, Massachusetts licenses are manufactured in Washington state.

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