My Driver’s License Looks Terrible

Now that I am working on systems to produce ID cards I have begun to notice different things. One of the things I have noticed is how bad my driver’s license looks. It looks like a cross between a failed experiment in fungal growth and the “before photo” from a Tide commercial.  I have kept my license in my wallet, along with all my other cards; yet it singularly looks I have been using it to scrape mud off my shoes or perhaps to clean the bathroom toilet.

I do not know why my license looks so bad, but I suspect it has to do with the matte surface that Minnesota uses on the card. I looked at an earlier, expired license that had a glossy surface and it did not look nearly so bad. So, please, Minnesota do something to improve your driver’s licenses. My license doesn’t expire until 2014, and I can’t imagine how bad it will look then.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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3 Responses to My Driver’s License Looks Terrible

  1. ellenlandreth says:

    My license expires next month and I an scared to death to get a new picture taken. My old one looks like an old lady. I swear she looks much older than I look. What are they going to do to me this time?

  2. Nancy Lewis says:

    LOL, funny commentary Mark, but yeah, gotta agree that looks bad! But hey, look on the bright side; everyone who sees this post knows to send you a birthday card for March 19! What a happy one you will have!

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