DOTr, LTO release new design for Philippine Driver’s License

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) have a new design for driver’s licenses (DL).

The new and improved design, according to DOTr, will change the blue color of the old DL in favor of a pearl white color scheme. “Nangingibabaw ang kaibahan sa kulay nito mula sa pagiging asul; na sa bago ay mala-perlas ang pagkakaputi,” says the DOTr from their social media post.

(The new pearl white color scheme will be dominant in the new design, from the previous bluish color.)

All the 32 security features from the previous DL design, however, remain the same. This includes, but is not limited to, a Guilloche (the fine lines at the background), a 2-D fingerprint barcode at the back, and many more. Other security features in the material used for the card, as well as the method with which it was printed hides many of these features. They're not visible to the naked eye and may require an apparatus like a UV light to make them visible.

So the next time you renew your DL, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t look the way it was before.